Yahoo goes on another cleaning spree, shutting down Maps and Pipes

By Shawn Knight
Jun 4, 2015
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    Ever since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO, Yahoo has been streamlining its business to focus on the three main aspects it believes are most important moving forward: search, digital content and communications.

    That effort continues today as the company revealed in its second quarter progress report on product prioritization that its Yahoo Maps site and Yahoo Pipes will soon be coming to an end.

    Yahoo launched its free mapping service well over a decade ago using technology from Sagent Technology Inc. to replace technology that had been provided by MapQuest. In recent years, the service changed providers again and is currently powered by Nokia’s Here Maps.

    Yahoo said the Maps website will close at the end of June. The service will, however, remain available in the context of Yahoo search and on several of the company’s properties like Flickr.

    Elsewhere, the Internet pioneer said it is shutting down Pipes on September 30 which will give developers plenty of time to migrate their data.

    Pipes is one of Yahoo’s lesser-known but more powerful platforms and is considered by some to be a trailblazer. The service launched in early 2007 as a precursor to IFTTT, allowing users to grab data from the web, manipulate it in all sorts of different ways and output the data in a variety of formats. It uses a simple GUI that eliminates the need for any coding skill.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Never even heard of "Yahoo Pipes." What was that?

    Yahoo is becoming the Blackberry of online activities. Becoming more irrelevant each day.
  3. Yahoo hasn't been relevant since the good old days when yahoo didn't suck back when windows xp was the main os on the market.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    It sounds to me Mayer is flogging a dead horse, buying this, closing down that and Yahoo! still remains irrelevant. Maybe she should just give up on it and go back to Google with her hat in her hand...
  5. However it's fair to note that Yahoo! is very very relevant in Asia. It's doing really well over there. It's the Google in Asia. Guess now they're just trying to be relevant here since it's doing so poorly in its own home country.

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