WEB BUSINESS Yahoo has announced the closure of a number of websites, services and APIs including the Altavista search engine.
The firm has revealed its intentions in a blog post, saying that some of its properties have already closed.
Lined up for closure or already spinning in tumbleweeds are Yahoo Browser Plus and Yahoo Axis. While some will be shut down completely, others, like APIs, just won't be supported any longer.
"Earlier this year, we announced an ongoing effort to sharpen our focus and deliver experiences that enhance your daily lives," said Yahoo EVP of Platforms Jay Rossiter.
"As part of that, today we're shutting down a few products so we can continue to focus on creating beautiful products that are essential to you every day."
Twelve things are going, including some that never came out of beta. Sports fans, music embeddders, feed readers and local information hunters are advised to seek alternatives.
Gone are Yahoo Axis, a browser plugin, Yahoo Browser Plus, Citizen Sports, Yahoo Webplayer, Foxytunes and Yahoo RSS Alerts.
Also on their way out are Yahoo Neighbors Beta, and Local Search is offered as an alternative here, Altavista, which makes way for Yahoo Search, Yahoo Stars India and Yahoo Downloads Beta. All of these are expected to be showing a closed for business sign by the end of July.
Developers have until September to find alternatives to any Yahoo APIs that they use, and the Local and Term Extraction ones will be removed from the Yahoo network.
Altavista, which will close by the end of this month, was launched in 1995 and bought by Yahoo in 2003. µ
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