Feeds

Yahoo! opens search to all

Looking for ideas in the Google cache

Boost IT visibility and business value

Yahoo! said yesterday it will open up access to external developers to its search engine, something Google did six years ago.

Developers will get access to an API allowing them to run versions of Yahoo!'s search engine on their own websites. Yahoo! will sell adverts on any applications that attract users. The hope is that dozens of small, specialised search developers will create sites which attract the users which Yahoo! on its own has failed to find.

Google offered a similar service from 2002 until 2006, when it moved to AJAX APIs.

The service is called Build your Own Search Service or BOSS. Developers will be able to control presentation and ranking of results. There are two versions - one gives you basic access to APIs or larger developers can go for BOSS Custom.

Meanwhile the pressure on Yahoo's CEO Jerry Yang continues to grow. Yahoo! spent yesterday denying rumours that he was set to resign and was under pressure from shareholders.

Yang blamed Microsoft for deliberately destabilising Yahoo! and described Icahn's slate of directors as a poor choice for the company.

Yang badly needs a deal in place, or at least ready to announce publicly, for the shareholders' meeting on 1 August.

Carl Icahn continues to push for Yang's replacement and Microsoft is signalling its willingness to return to the negotiating table if a new board is elected. The danger is that without a deal in place Microsoft will return as the only possible bidder for the company, which won't encourage the software behemoth to up its offer.®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report
Development alliance working on desktop, mobe software
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.