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Yahoo! Messenger beta 3 for the Mac adds voice calling

Yahoo! has just released Yahoo! Messenger Beta 3 for the Mac, with the long-awaited, much-crowed for addition of voice calling. With the latest version of Messenger for the Mac, users can make free PC-to-PC calls (yes, a Mac is a PC too) to other Messenger buddies. You can also sign up for a Phone Out account to make calls to landlines and mobile phones. Or, if you want to go all the way, you can...

Yahoo! Maps update includes more neighborhoods and worldwide coverage

Yahoo! has rolled out a major update to Yahoo! Maps, with expanded worldwide coverage, new and more focused neighborhood data, and many stylistic improvements. The new neighborhood data allows you to get more specific information for any given location, with lower zoom levels and more localized data, including schools, rest areas, resorts, restaurants, and so on. 300 cities have been updated...

Yahoo! opens search platform to 3rd parties

Yahoo! Search will soon be open to 3rd party development, and the expected results look very useful. Yahoo! Search's new open platform will give site owners much greater control over what is presented when their page shows up in Yahoo! Search results. Instead of a simple title and an abstract URL, they can present ratings, reviews, images, etc... to display right in the results. This will have a...

Flickr users laugh at Microsoft-Yahoo! deal

When Yahoo! snubbed Microsoft's first buyout offer last week, no one was happier than the 3,000-plus members of a Flickr photo pool called "Microsoft: Keep Your Evil Grubby Hands Off Of Our Flickr." The group has posted a collection of funny images that protest Microsoft's attempts to buy Yahoo!, which currently owns Flickr. Their photos range from clever to cynical to downright obscene. Some of...

Yahoo! now offering "unlimited" web hosting

Loosen those belts and belly up to the bar, because Yahoo! Web Hosting has gone all-you-can-eat. Beginning today, Yahoo! is offering unlimited web hosting for all of its small business customers. What does unlimited mean? In this case: Unlimited disk space Unlimited data transfer Unlimited email storage 1,000 email accounts Along with the above, Yahoo! Web Hosting offers a wealth of...

Yahoo! hands its music business to Rhapsody

Yahoo! is preparing to dump its Yahoo! Music Unlimited service and replace it with a partnership with RealNetworks' Rhapsody. A few weeks ago we reported on a rumor that Yahoo! was exploring the idea of launching a DRM-free music store to compete with Apple and Amazon. It looks like the company decided to go another direction. Both Yahoo! Music Unlimited and Rhapsody allow users to access a...

Download Squad Week in Review

We know you've had a busy week, John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani. But now that you both have so much more free time on your hands, we thought you might want to spend some time catching up on the news you might have missed this week. Microsoft seeks to acquire Yahoo! If you've been living under a rock for the last 24 hours, you might not know this yet, but Microsoft has put in an offer to acquire...

CAPTCHA hacks could lead to a flood of junkmail

You know those annoying "please enter the code" requests you see when signing up for online services, leaving blog posts, or otherwise trying to prove that you're human and not a machine? Yeah, it turns out that the machines are getting pretty good at reading them too. The basic idea behind the CAPTCHA (which stands for Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart is that...

Yahoo! Go 3.0 Beta gearing up for launch

The latest version of Yahoo!'s own mobile platform, Yahoo! Go 3.0 beta, is headed for prime-time tomorrow. The biggest news in this release is the inclusion of the Mobile Widget Platform, which allows access to third-party widgets on the Yahoo! Go and Yahoo! Mobile pages. Widget makers include such big boys as eBay, MySpace and MTV--and with the release of the SDK to developers in the next few...

Yahoo! pumps up search with Search Assist

Hot on the tail of Google and Mahalo, Yahoo! aims to help searchers get to where they want faster. The goal of Yahoo! OneSearch is "to get things done." Now Yahoo! has integrated a little feature called Search Assist. Yahoo!'s integrated a real time query suggestion tool earlier this year that helped users refine search queries. With the newly launched Search Assist from Yahoo!, they are...

Jerry Yang takes over as Terry Semel resigns

Big news on the Yahoo front as Terry Semel officially departs from Yahoo. The news came down the pipes on Sunday when Terry made the announcement. Through a conference call this afternoon, Jerry Yang went over the details including the management changes. Jerry Yang will be taking over the CEO position, and Sue Decker as the President. Terry wanted to leave sooner rather than later as he said...

Better Flickr : Firefox add-on of the day

In the spirit of the amazing Better Gmail Firefox extension released by Gina Trapani comes the latest Lifehacker code: Better Flickr. Gina is a self-professed Flickr nut, so it was probably only a matter of time before she put something like this together. There are an amazing number of Greasemonkey hacks and existing extensions to extend and improve on Flickr's built-in functionality. Gina's...

Ryan Block interviews the SVP of AOL's new web portal

The reaction to AOL's new web portal wasn't entirely warm, as it looks just a little too much like one of its major competitors. Instead of scratching his head on the matter, our own Ryan Block of Weblogs Inc. / Engadget decided to ask David Liu, SVP of AOL Portals, five questions on the new design and its motivations. As you would imagine from a VP, Liu's answers were riddled with PR-speak that...

DLS Tip: Use a new Yahoo! account for Flickr

Whether you made the switch to using your Yahoo! ID on Flickr ages ago, or you simply stepped into rank with the rest of us on March 15th, you might find yourself at one point or another wishing you could change which Yahoo! ID you have tied to Flickr. You could beg Flickr support for some help, check out the forums to see if you aren't the only indecisive person to pull this stunt, or you...

Yahoo steals the mobile world, and opens it up for publishers

Hot off the presses; Yahoo keeps trucking along with its mobile announcements, this time they take aim at publishers wanting to enter the mobile market. In continuing its mobile success streak, Yahoo is now looking for Publishers interested in providing mobile content. The newly launched Yahoo! Mobile Publisher Services is a suite of services that helps publishers increases the distribution and...