Y!OS Developer Release is Live. Yahoo! is open!

Today, Yahoo opened the developer interfaces to our Y!OS platform stack through the release of the Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP), Yahoo! Query Language (YQL), Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP), and the YDN developer dashboard.  This makes Y!OS a reality for an essential constituency: developers.  Now, anyone on the web has access to Yahoo!’s tools and data to start building applications for Yahoo!’s vast audience and the web beyond.  It’s a great step forward in rewiring Yahoo! with a social dimension and a platform architecture that’s open like never before.

Yahoo! Social Platform (YSP)
See: http://developer.yahoo.com/social

Yahoo! Query Language (YQL)
See: http://developer.yahoo.com/yql

Yahoo! Application Platform (YAP)
See: http://developer.yahoo.com/yap

Caja, security, and user privacy
For more info on Caja: http://developer.yahoo.com/yap/caja

OAuth
See: http://developer.yahoo.com/oauth

OpenSocial Support
This launch also marks Yahoo!’s first implementation of OpenSocial support.
http://opensocialapis.blogspot.com/2008/10/launched-yahoos-first-implementation-of.html

Hats off to Yahoo!
Y!OS is out there.  Yahoo! is Open.


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Yahoo Web Analytics (Beta) – Far more better than Google Analytics

Born out of our acquisition of IndexTools in May, Yahoo! Web Analytics (beta) provides powerful data and insights reporting that help website owners evaluate their marketing performance and tweak their website designs. They’ll get custom real-time reports and graphs that help them slice and dice metrics like sales, page views, and sources of traffic and ultimately identify ways to amp up their visitor satisfaction.

The first big deployment is Yahoo! Small Business, whose 13,000 hosted e-commerce customers can get set up just in time for the holiday shopping season at the click of a button.

Read more http://ycorpblog.com/2008/10/08/introducing-yahoo-web-analytics/

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Warning for Google Chrome Users : Chrome’s ‘Save As’ Flaw Could Give Attackers Control

Bach Khoa Internetwork Security, a security-research firm in Vietnam, claims to be the first to discover a critical vulnerability in Google’s Chrome browser.

“This is the first critical Chrome vulnerability permitting [a] hacker to perform a remote code-execution attack and take complete control of the affected system,” the firm wrote in its Sept. 5 advisory. While four Chrome vulnerabilities were discovered, Bach Khoa said the “Save As” flaw is the only one that can allow an attacker to launch remote attacks from a victim’s PC. Other vulnerabilities just crash the browser.

The vulnerability is caused by a boundary error when handling the “Save As” function. When a user saves a malicious page with a title tag in the HTML code, the program causes a  stack-based overflow, according to Bach Khoa. A hacker could construct a specially crafted Web page that contains malicious code, trick a user into visiting that Web site, and
convince the user to save the page. That will execute the code and give the attacker privileges to remotely use the infected system.

A Google spokesperson said, “”We have released a fix to address this vulnerability. Users will get this fix through an automated update to the browser, so they will not have to take any action to be protected.”

Well I haven’t got any fix till now, atleast I didn’t see my Google Chrome updating atleast.

Read more on this news….

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The Scariest Path in the world

For a change, let me post something interesting other than web development.

Watching this video I was jumping around my chair in order to prevent that guy from falling. Hilarious, amazing and just incredible.

If I was there would have stopped in between, called back home, asked them to arrange for a helicopter by hook or crook. I couldn’t have proceeded forward by any mean.

original source of video:
http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/Videos/Search-Results/Fun–misc/The-scariest-path-in-the-world/

Enjoy something other than technical 😉

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Cuil : New search engine from former Googlers.

Just came across this search engine http://www.cuil.com , which is supposedly from former Googlers or I must say rebellious googler. Cuil Inc (which is pronounced as Cool) claims that it can index faster and more cheaper, a far larger portion of the web than google.

The would-be Google rival says its service goes beyond prevailing search techniques that focus on Web links and audience traffic patterns and instead analyzes the context of each page and the concepts behind each user search request.

Personally from my experience it doesn’t give better search results for proper noun. For example querying my name doesn’t give my site at all. And when I query abhinavsingh.com, it gives some Chinese characters.

However interesting feature is giving search results with images, which is a derivation from Yahoo’s glue search. Glue search is the next upcoming revolutionary search from Yahoo, which brings in all the experience for your on one page. For instance try searching Metallica and you get the following beautiful results: http://in.glue.yahoo.com/?fr=sfp&ei=UTF-8&query=metallica&y=Search

Read more about the latest search engine on web here:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080728/wr_nm/internet_search_dc

I thought google killed innovation outside Google, but No here are people proving it all wrong.

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Its too much to handle for YouTube now : Finally its down

Hi,

Well I was just doing the daily maintenance of one of the sites I own where I have several youtube videos embedded. I noticed that I wasn’t able to embed some videos successfully which were there before yesterday. I tried changing my script 2-3 times, tried different method. Finally I thought of opening the video directly in the browser.

Bingo! Youtube is down for the first time in front of my eyes. Am I dreaming?

I did a quick:

  • ping youtube.com (Failed)
  • tracert youtube.com (Failed)
  • ping google.com (Success)

So indeed it was youtube that sucked for the first time. Find below a snap shot of the same.

You can clearly see that:

  • Server not found on browser
  • Top right window shows successful ping to google.com
  • Below two command line window shows failed ping and tracert of youtube servers.

For a bigger clear picture click here:
http://abhinavsingh.com/library/images/old-youtubedown.GIF

This is some news 😉

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YAHOO! Announces Settlement with Carl Icahn

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July
21, 2008

Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Carl Icahn to settle their pending proxy contest related to the Company’s 2008 annual meeting of stockholders.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, eight members of Yahoo!’s current Board of Directors will stand for re-election at the 2008 annual meeting:  Roy Bostock, Ronald Burkle, Eric Hippeau, Vyomesh Joshi, Arthur Kern, Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Gary Wilson and Jerry Yang.  In view of the settlement agreement
with Mr. Icahn, and the termination of the proxy contest, Robert Kotick has decided not to stand for re-election to the Board at the 2008 annual meeting.

Following the 2008 annual meeting, the Yahoo! Board will be expanded to 11 members.  Carl Icahn will be appointed to the Board and the remaining two seats will be filled by the Board upon the recommendation of the
Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee from a list of nine candidates recommended by Mr. Icahn, which includes the eight remaining members of the Icahn slate of nominees and Jonathan Miller, currently a partner in Velocity Interactive Group and former Chairman and CEO of
AOL.

As part
of the settlement agreement, Mr. Icahn, who owns an aggregate of 68,786,320 shares, or 4.98% of Yahoo! common stock, has agreed to withdraw his nominees for consideration at the annual meeting and to vote his Yahoo! shares in support of the Board’s nominees.

“We are gratified to have reached this agreement, which serves the best interests of all Yahoo! stockholders,” said Yahoo! Chairman Roy Bostock. “We look forward to working productively with Carl and the new members of the Board on continuing to improve the Company’s performance and enhancing stockholder value.  Yahoo! is a world-class company with an extremely bright future, and collaborating together,
I believe we can help the Company achieve its ambitious goals.”

“This agreement will not only allow Yahoo! to put the distraction of the proxy contest behind us, it will allow the Company to continue pursuing its strategy of being the starting point for Internet users and a must buy for advertisers,” said Yahoo! Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang. “No other company in
the Internet space has our unique combination of global brand, talented employees, innovative technologies and exceptional assets, attributes that will help us take advantage of the large and growing opportunity ahead of us.  I look forward to working together with our new colleagues on the Board to make that happen.”

Mr. Icahn said, “I am very pleased that this settlement will allow me to work in partnership with Yahoo!’s Board and management team to help the Company achieve its full potential.  While I continue to believe that the sale of the whole Company or the sale of its Search business in the right transaction must be
given full consideration, I share the view that Yahoo!’s valuable collection of assets positions it well to continue expanding its online leadership and enhancing returns to stockholders. I believe this is a good outcome and that we will have a strong working relationship going forward.  Additionally, I am happy that the board has agreed in the settlement agreement that any meaningful transaction, including the strategy in dealing with that transaction, will be fully discussed with the entire board before any final decision is made.”

In response to Mr. Kotick’s decision to step down from the Board, Mr. Bostock said, “I would like to personally thank Bobby for his dedicated service to Yahoo! these past 5 years.  Bobby has been a valuable resource to our Board and the Company and we are grateful for his contributions.  He wanted to help see the
Company through this recent chapter, but made it clear to me that once the proxy contest was resolved, he was eager to focus his efforts on his work as CEO of the newly merged Activision Blizzard and his other business and civic pursuits.”

The Company intends to file the full text of the settlement agreement later today with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will also file and mail to its stockholders, supplemental proxy material.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release (including without limitation the statements and information in the quotations in this press release) contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Yahoo!’s strategic and operational plans. Actual
results may differ materially from those described in this release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the expected benefits of the commercial agreement with Google may not be realized, including as a result of actions taken by United
States or foreign regulatory authorities and the response or acceptance of the agreement by publishers, advertisers, users and employees; the implementation and results of Yahoo!’s ongoing strategic initiatives; the impact of organizational changes; Yahoo!’s ability to compete with new or existing competitors; reduction in spending by, or loss of, marketing services customers;
the demand by customers for Yahoo!’s premium services; acceptance by users of
new products and services; risks related to joint ventures and the integration of acquisitions; risks related to Yahoo!’s international operations; failure to manage growth and diversification; adverse results in litigation, including intellectual property infringement claims; Yahoo!’s ability to protect its
intellectual property and the value of its brands; dependence on key personnel; dependence on third parties for technology, services, content and distribution; general economic conditions and changes in economic conditions; potential continuing uncertainty arising in connection with  Microsoft’s various proposals to acquire all or part of Yahoo!; the possibility that Microsoft or another
person may in the future make other proposals, or take other actions which may create uncertainty for our employees, publishers, advertisers and other business partners; and the possibility of significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability resulting from stockholder litigation relating to such proposals.

More information about potential factors that could affect Yahoo!’s business and financial results is included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in Yahoo!’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended
December 31, 2007, as amended, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. All information in this release is as of July 21, 2008, unless otherwise noted, and Yahoo! does not intend, and undertakes no duty, to update or otherwise revise
the information contained in this letter.

About Yahoo! Inc.

Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
 

Sources:
http://www.smartbrief.com/news/aaaa/industryBW-detail.jsp?id=E5ABFF78-3F84-4507-B1B2-55696D8C85EB
http://www.scribd.com/doc/4017668/Yahoo-Announces-Settlement-with-Carl-Icahn
http://www.forbes.com/businesswire/feeds/businesswire/2008/07/21/businesswire20080721005563r1.html

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Link to new facebook design: See it building everyday

Hello Everyone, I don’t exactly remember from where I came across this link. The link shows you the latest development on new look and feel of facebook. Click the link below which will take you to the new facebook’s development page.

New Facebook Design Development Link

What’s new in the new design?

  • Well Facebook was always Ajax dominated social networking site, but now it goes a step further. It adapts philosophy from iGoogle and my.Yahoo and provides its users to add new tabs at the top of your profile page.
  • By DEFAULT it comes with Wall, Info, Photos and Boxes tabs at the top. Further you can add the following new tabs namely Notes, Videos, My Stuff and Music iLike. Basically it changes from user to user.
  • More Ajax means less loading time for your page. Now they allows you to switch between various aspects without having to reload the whole page.

So surely world is moving towards customized interface for its users. With iGoogle, my.Yahoo now Facebook trying the same. Will Orkut too see a change yet again.

Enjoy and see it changing everyday. I have been following it since 3-4 days and I see a complete new face every time I login to the new link. :)

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Fake Email from PayPal Cloned Sites

Do you enter your paypal emailid and passwords without looking at the URL in your browser? If you are kindly stop doing the same. Here is a very strong reason why I say this:

1. Today I received an email which you can very well see below.

2. It says that your pay pal account has been de-activated and kindly click to activate. When I click on the link it opened a page which looked like below.

3. I thank God that I am more of a net savy and I cared to Check the url of the website opened. It was not https://paypal.com but http://following.ns8-wistee.fr/www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/us/security/update-paypal/service-peyment/update/login.aspx/

4. I again thank God that I was able to see that before I entered my real email id’s. However I decided to proceed with the site, and I entered some random email id and password. You can see the that above.

5. After I entered my email Id and Password I can see the following screen which is exactly what you see at the paypal site.

6. Further this site took me to a page where it asked me to enter all my personal details including Credit Card details. The page was again a ditto of the original paypal page. However I somehow missed to take a screen shot of the same. When I went back to the site to take a screen shot, it showed me the page below.

7. The chaps are I suppose smart enough to recognise if the page is being loaded twice from the same IP Address, as they don’t want users to visit there site the second time. May be one of you can try the same URL from your home.

8. Finally Just be careful while you get any such email from any one.

Here are in short a few key points to check when you get such emails:

  • Always check from whom the email has been sent. In my case it was from PaypalSecurity <[email protected]>, which is obviously an invalid email id.
  • Next always check to whom has the mail been sent out to. In my case it was undisclosed-recipients , which means it has been sent to a mass of people with all email id’s in BCC. Paypal will never ever send out a mail to you with your email id in BCC.
  • Finally check for the URL in your browser. All pages from paypal are https , hence check for the same. Plus the opening page should be always https://paypal.com.
  • Also, never ever visit an e-commerce website through a link in your email etc. Always type the address in the address bar manually to be at a safer side.

Kindly spread the word before others get trapped in the loop. I have already reported this to the paypal authorities.

Play safe, its internet and your email id’s are just floating every where like your mobile numbers. :(

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Critical Bug in Gmail integrated Chat

Well chat is a part of our day to day life (I use Gtalk). While chatting with my friends today who were using gmail integrated chat, I noticed that they were going offline every 2-3 minutes. Finally thanks to Sowmya Sudha, who came up with this critical bug in Gmail integrated chat. Here is what exactly happens when you chat using Gmail integrated chat:

Step 1: You open up a chat window to start chatting

Step 2: Pop out the chat box to get more space for writing and reading messages

Step 3: Now for some reason you decide to popin or close the poped out chat

And Bingo!

Your browser goes for a roll. Tested on Firefox and Flock. Surely will be same on Internet Explorer.

After failing to handle orkut apps efficiently, this is the second time I am seeing any critical bug from google. Are we going to see a downfall in google’s standards ??

Try out yourself.

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