Feeds

Yahoo! buys Web-on-cellphones technology

Online Anywhere snapped up for $80 million

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Portal supremo Yahoo! today acquired developer Online Anywhere for its FlashMap technology, software software that allows devices other than computers to access the Internet. The two companies had already entered into an agreement to deliver Yahoo! pages using Online Anywhere's software. The deal announced today essentially puts that relationship on a more formal footing and, more importantly, allows Yahoo! to provide the service itself. The deal was made through a stock-swap valued at $80 million, but it could bring Yahoo! much, much more. Mirroring AOL's 'AOL Anywhere' strategy, Yahoo! has its own 'Yahoo! Everywhere' programme, but unlike AOL's plan, Yahoo! appears less interested in offering branded Internet-access devices than ensuring that kind of kit can access its site. It's a plan that is not only more cost-effective than AOL's but lacks that World Domination aspect to AOL's plan, which is not too far away from Microsoft's Windows CE strategy. Online Anywhere's Oasis -- the software that contains delivers its FlashMap technology -- essentially allows devices to take incoming HTML code and reformat it so the information looks right on whatever display the device includes, ensuring Yahoo! can support a wide range of hardware without having to manually code each page with a given device's display limitations in mind. It's broadly similar to the kind of Web clipping software 3Com is using for its wireless Web access enable Palm VII. ®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.