Yahoo Cuts More Products

Yahoo announced it would trim another round of products from its network as part of its cost-cutting effort and to focus on seven core consumer products: Mail, Search, Tumblr, News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle.

The company has made the following product decisions:

  • Yahoo Games: As part of efforts to focus on select areas, the Yahoo Games site and publishing channel will be discontinued as of Friday, May 13, 2016. For more information, please read the FAQ.
  • Yahoo Livetext: The company is shutting down Livetext at the end of March 2016. Yahoo will incorporate the learnings and features of Livetext into other products including Yahoo Messenger, our core messaging platform.
  • Yahoo Regional Media Properties: In the coming weeks, Yahoo will shut down some of its regional, genre-specific media properties to streamline the editorial offering to focus on four core content areas: News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle.
    • Yahoo Astrology will close in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and India.
    • Yahoo Maktoob (Arabic and English) genre-specific media sites, including News, Celebrity, Movies, Style, Helwa, Sports and Weather, will close and the pages will redirect to the Yahoo Maktoob homepages in Arabic and English.
  • Yahoo BOSS: To streamline and simplify products for our developer community, we are discontinuing BOSS JSON Search API and BOSS Hosted Search, as well as the BOSS Placefinder and Placespotter APIs, on March 31, 2016. We are offering YPA, a new Javascript solution, for publishers who manage their own search engine results pages. Now with free algorithmic web results, publishers can monetize across desktop, tablet or mobile web with Yahoo search ads. Moving forward, Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite is our offering for mobile developers.