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Yahoo Live Archive
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira is reporting that Yahoo has announced the closure of Yahoo Live. Yahoo Live was part of the brickhouse program which was where Yahoo would try out a large number of different "quick apps" and see which ones stick. The Yahoo Live blog confirms the closure and notes that the service will shut down on December 3, 2008.
Another service I’ve wondered about is Yahoo Kickstart, a "connection" source for students and alumni looking for a job, hiring or just keeping in touch. When the service launched I wondered why they created it and gave it a "WTF alert". As of this afternoon, attempts to load the site are met with the error message below. Perhaps Yahoo is really starting to focus on the applications and services where they can drive usage, revenue, and value.
Yahoo Live launched tonight – it’s an online streaming webcam service. Perhaps Yahoo should take Microsoft’s money – it could help them with more server capability as the service is already overwhelmed. Here is the image I am presented with when trying to access a live stream:
If it is a limited preview as the image suggests, then they need some sort of access blocker. Several other blogs have good reviews of the service — both when it was live and now in its down state: here, here, here and here.