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(Talking Points Memo)   British teen screws Yahoo out of millions of dollars   (idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 30
    More: Amusing, Yahoo, internet entrepreneur, Marissa Mayer  
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7551 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Mar 2013 at 8:24 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-03-26 08:28:28 AM
Hmm, it rarely happens, but I believe subby may have it right this time.
 
2013-03-26 08:38:54 AM

RatOmeter: Hmm, it rarely happens, but I believe subby may have it right this time.


I was about to say, they probably do have some innovative summation technology as they claim on their page. Then I watched their  "walkthrough" video.   WTF??
 
2013-03-26 08:44:33 AM
As far as I can tell, Newsy and Weave (and probably other mobile aggregation apps) do the exact same thing and are available on Android and WP.
 
2013-03-26 08:48:08 AM
What's a Yahoo?
 
2013-03-26 09:02:41 AM
So it's MS Word's "Summarize" function, as a web service?
 
2013-03-26 09:20:31 AM
tl;dr
 
2013-03-26 09:33:04 AM

MindStalker: Then I watched their "walkthrough" video. WTF??


haven't watched that yet, kinda skipped it earlier, how bad is it?
 
2013-03-26 09:35:42 AM
Brit Teen tricks Yahoo into buying App that violates DMCA by existing.

/fixed
 
2013-03-26 09:48:35 AM
So rather than hire a few more engineers to build a better clone they pay him a small fortune for his brilliant idea. Only makes sense if he patented it or has pending patent applications. Otherwise, be prepared to laugh when Yahoo gets sued by a patent troll that claims to have already invented the concept. Laugh even harder if it's the same troll that went after Fark.
 
2013-03-26 09:49:54 AM

WhyteRaven74: MindStalker: Then I watched their "walkthrough" video. WTF??

haven't watched that yet, kinda skipped it earlier, how bad is it?


I don't want to give away the "surprise". But if you want, its below.


//It shows nothing, its a flash slideshow that shows absolutely nothing but some pretty colors dancing on the screen.
 
2013-03-26 10:21:10 AM
Is yahoo used for anything besides fantasy sports?
 
2013-03-26 10:28:28 AM
Came for the edgy anti-yahoo usual rants...

yup, leaving satisfied.

/still have no issues with Yahoo mail and news services
 
2013-03-26 10:48:09 AM

MindStalker: its a flash slideshow that shows absolutely nothing but some pretty colors dancing on the screen.


so it's as content free as I expected.
 
2013-03-26 10:56:02 AM
I like the links on that page.
 
2013-03-26 11:24:35 AM
Ka-Shing.  Is that the sound British cash registers make?
 
2013-03-26 12:14:00 PM
So, rather than having to read a whole news item, an algorithm does it. Ummm... we already have headlines on news items. I don't need an algorithm giving me a less accurate version or shortening the article (and perhaps changing the context).
 
2013-03-26 12:27:05 PM
before thanking his family, his school - and his venture capitalist backer Li Ka-Shing

More like Li "Ka-Ching!", amirite?
 
2013-03-26 12:57:43 PM

Feepit: As far as I can tell, Newsy and Weave (and probably other mobile aggregation apps) do the exact same thing and are available on Android and WP.


Yeah, I had a tl east 2 on my Dinc that did this... What a lucky little farker.
 
2013-03-26 01:00:15 PM

farkeruk: So, rather than having to read a whole news item, an algorithm does it. Ummm... we already have headlines on news items. I don't need an algorithm giving me a less accurate version or shortening the article (and perhaps changing the context).


Well, to be fair, headlines aren't always accurate, and even when they are accurate, don't always give a good summary, they're just to grab the eye. AT least this kid's app gives you 400 characters... Otherwise, I've sen it before.

Nurglitch: I like the links on that page.


Like "5 Signs You'll Get Cancer"? Can't go wrong with a classic, I guess...
 
2013-03-26 01:38:09 PM

farkeruk: So, rather than having to read a whole news item, an algorithm does it. Ummm... we already have headlines on news items. I don't need an algorithm giving me a less accurate version or shortening the article (and perhaps changing the context).


How about an algorithm to generate Fark headlines, find Sarah Connor?
 
2013-03-26 01:55:46 PM

encyclopediaplushuman: What's a Yahoo?


No idea.  Maybe I'll Google it.
 
2013-03-26 03:31:44 PM
Gern Blenstein • 6 hours ago −
Mom, you can stop making my clothes...


Done in the first TPM comment.
 
2013-03-26 03:54:36 PM
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Millions of dollas,millions of dollas
 
2013-03-26 04:54:42 PM
About every month or two Yahoo contacts me in an attempt to get me interested in a job with them.  For some reason my standard response of, "ROFLMAO" doesn't phase them one bit.
 
2013-03-26 05:48:36 PM
Is this the same thing that Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, and Feedly?  Or something slightly different that does the same thing as Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, and Feedly?

Good job, good effort, Marissa!
 
2013-03-26 07:03:13 PM
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"Pfft, amateur."
 
2013-03-26 09:25:56 PM
I hope that someday someone can explain to me why this app is worth millions of dollars. I heard someone on the news say 30 million.
 
2013-03-27 12:15:42 AM
Yahoo seems to think they can spend their way back to the cutting edge of the information superhighway.

They probably even still refer to it as "the information superhighway".
 
2013-03-27 06:53:43 AM

markie_farkie: tl;dr


there`s an app for that...
 
2013-03-27 06:54:30 AM
So this kid writes an app DESIGNED to help the dumbing down of the media and population and he gets rich from it?

We are doomed...
 
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