Feeds

Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive

Security for virtualized datacentres

Yahoo! Japan has launched a service called “Endings” designed to help you after you die.

Endings is intended to let the dying set their affairs in order before they shuffle off this mortal coil. The service allows one to set up an automated message to email to up to 200 loved ones after you're gone. The email is triggered by a third party to whom you bequeath a code to activate Endings, which will fire off your valedictory and also delete any data you'd rather did not outlive you.

Yahoo! Japan has also teamed with Kamakura Shinsho Corporation, to help you arrange your own funeral.

The service looks like a nice money-spinner, as Yahoo! Japan is charging a couple of dollars a month. Endings is being targeted at 50-somethings whose parents may be worried their inevitable deaths will burden the family. The idea seems to be that the tech-savvy half-centenarians will help their parents to sign up, so the experience of their passing will be easier for all concerned.

Yahoo! Japan is not run by Yahoo!, which holds about 35 per cent of its stock but is not in charge of day-to-day decisions. It's therefore entirely likely that the rest of the Yahoo! world will ignore Endings, just as it ignored a previous Yahoo! Japan plan to sell home DNA testing kits. Or perhaps Marissa Mayer won't be able to resist the chance to start a paid subscription service.

If you fancy using Endings, you can find it here. ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff
Passenger had Something To Declare, instead fiddled while plane burned
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.