Yahoo Maps Shuts Down
Yahoo announced in early June that it would close its Yahoo Maps service for good, and as of now it seems to be offline. “The Yahoo Maps site will close at the end of June. We made this decision to better align resources to Yahoo’s priorities as our business has evolved since we first launched Yahoo Maps eight years ago,” the company explained. While some Yahoo services will still feature maps, these won’t be powered by Yahoo. The change was announced alongside a number of other changes to Yahoo’s products and services, including the shuttering of developer tool Yahoo Pipes.
Google Wants to Know if You Want to Combine Sites in the Search Console
Google wants webmasters’ feedback on some of its latest potential changes, and has opened up a survey to find out what webmasters think of proposed Search Console changes. The survey suggests that Google is considering letting Search Console combine different URL versions of a site (http and https) or different subdomains (mobile and international), but also suggests the possibility of an expansion to include entirely different domains across a brand. Head over and have your say if there are changes you’d like to see.
Yahoo Using Google to Power Search Results and Ads
In one of the first obvious effects of the updated Microsoft/Yahoo search partnership, Yahoo has begun testing search results and ads powered by Google. The company confirmed the tests to The New York Times, but gave few details. “As we work to create the absolute best experiences for Yahoo users, from time to time, we run small tests with a variety of partners including search providers,” Yahoo said in a statement. “There is nothing further to share at this time.” The latest version of Yahoo’s contract with Microsoft allows the company to use its own or other companies’ search services for up to 49% of user searches, and this test seems to be part of exploring that option.