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Yahoo outs Messenger 11 beta with loads of new features

Yahoo! Messenger remains one of the most popular desktop IM clients around, and its users are now able to get a taste of what's coming in version 11. Like its biggest competition -- Windows Live Messenger -- Y! Messenger 11 is about creating a more current, social messaging app. One of the biggest additions is Facebook chat support -- which works nicely, though former Squadder Brad Linder note...

Yahoo launches Mafia Wars and FishVille

Yahoo has just launched Mafia Wars and FishVille, two games developed by Zynga, the company best known for FarmVille and its other games on the Facebook platform. In the past few months though, Zynga has shifted away from being tied exclusively to Facebook and has launched its games on Windows Live Messenger, MSN Games -- and now Yahoo. Mafia Wars and FishVille will appear in Yahoo Messenger...

How to rescue your friends' email addresses from Facebook and export them to Gmail

With Google calling out Facebook last week for trapping your contacts, it seems like a perfect time to offer a solution for rescuing those Facebook contacts and their email addresses -- sorry, still no phone numbers -- and exporting them to Gmail or your other address book of choice. To do this, you'll need a Yahoo! account (Mozilla's Asa Dotzler says a Windows Live account works, too). It's fr...

Yahoo Messenger for Android now does video calls, Yahoo Mail for Android updated

The Android apps for Yahoo's two most important services -- Messenger and Mail, have received updates. Both apps now support contact sync between Yahoo Contacts and your smartphone's address book. Yahoo Messenger for Android finally has built-in support for video calls, a feature that Yahoo has announced a while back but that until now has only made its way into Yahoo's iOS apps. There are cave...

Flickr adds Google accounts to sign-in options, plans better OpenID support

Starting today, signing up for Flickr is possible using Google accounts. This feature is rolling out as part of a new push from Flickr to support OpenID. Google is the first partner, but support for more services is expected in the future. Up until now, Yahoo-owned Flickr required a Yahoo ID to use. As you can see in the screenshot to the right, this is now also possible using an existing Googl...

Yahoo! Messenger updates with video calling on the iPod touch

Yahoo launched its Messenger app with video calling for the iPhone a couple of weeks ago. It sadly omitted support for the forward facing camera that's available on the latest generation iPod touch. But all is not lost, touch fans -- Yahoo has just updated the app and corrected that oversight. Yahoo! Messenger for iOS now supports two-way video calling on the fourth generation iPod touch, matching...

Yahoo! Mail Beta arrives, claims to be at least twice as fast, safer, easier to use

Last month we brought you a sneak peek at the new Yahoo Mail interface -- and as of today anyone can sign up. Other than the usual slew of new features -- a virus scanner, spam protection, sexy mobile clients -- this launch also heralds the launch of a very purple theme... which you can't seem to change... There's an accompanying Yahoo! Developer Network blog post if you want details of the te...

Yahoo! Messenger: Is the iPhone-to-PC (and Android) video calling app a FaceTime challenger?

There was once a time when FaceTime was the only iPhone 4 video calling gig in town. Fring entered the ring first, but now Yahoo has joined the video calling party, with an update to their Yahoo! Messenger app. Unlike Apple's current implementation of FaceTime, Messenger allows you to video call over both Wi-Fi and 3G, but if that wasn't enough, you're no longer limited to iPhone-to-iPhone cal...

New Yahoo Messenger for iPhone and Android will have video chat

In true Apple style, FaceTime is both a neat reinvention of a previously uninteresting space and a service that comes with certain limitations. So if being constrained to Wi-Fi-only video calling and only if both ends use either an iPhone 4 or the newest iPod Touch are the kinds of things that annoy you and only hinder your use of mobile video chat, rather than make the whole experience user frien...

New cloud computing algorithm successfully computes two-quadrillionth digit of pi

Using a handy algorithm that splits a calculation into thousands of little intermediary processes, a researcher at Yahoo has used a cluster of 1,000 computers to calculate the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi. Not all two quadrillion digits -- just that one digit (which is a binary 0, if you're wondering). The calculation was made possible by Hadoop, an open source implementation of Google's...

Yahoo Mail update to bring cleaner look, better performance

It's easy to forget about Yahoo! Mail. Despite having millions of users, it doesn't receive quite the same level of attention as Gmail or Hotmail. However, Yahoo's somewhat-recently released version, which is tailored for the iPad, is pretty darn snazzy -- and it appears as though that type of look is headed to Yahoo! mailboxes everywhere in the near future. Cnet is reporting that a "Minty" (t...

Yahoo! introduces Mail, Messenger and Search on Google's Android platform

Yahoo! has come into Google's house, introducing apps for its competing services on the Android platform. Android is obviously geared up to work with Gmail and Google Apps from the start, but now you can use the Yahoo! versions instead. Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger (does anyone still use Yahoo! Messenger?) are now in the Android Market, and there's even a Yahoo! Search widget. The apps were an...

Flickr gets a major facelift -- opt-in now to check it out!

There's a new redesign afoot over at Flickr, and it's a big one! It's not actually implemented quite yet, but you can opt-in to activate it for your account, which would let you use the new design when viewing Flickr photo pages. Other people would still see your account as normal if they haven't opted-in yet -- at least until Flickr makes it the new default design, at which point it will be "the...

Yahoo! Pulse launches, with full-on Facebook integration

Yahoo!'s relationship with Facebook just got a lot closer, with the launch of Yahoo! Pulse, a reboot of Yahoo! Profiles that offers seriously in-depth Facebook integration. You can link your Facebook and Pulse accounts, sign in on either site, and read your Facebook News Feed via Pulse. Of course, you can cross-post to both Pulse and Facebook, and comment on friends' posts on either one. Basic...

Is Yahoo! Mail working on a little Buzz of its own?

In a completely unrelated Yahoo! Mail Blog post about Valentine greetings, the developers at Yahoo might be hinting (inadvertently?) at social network integration in the pipeline. It's just a screenshot, but 'My Social Networks' doesn't seem to exist on current Yahoo email accounts, nor does it make an appearance in the Application Gallery -- so what is it? My guess is that Yahoo are about t...