Yahoo Announces Plans To Shutter Maps, Pipes And A Lot Of Regional Sites

Yahoo has announced that it will be shuttering several of its services, regional sites and will stop supporting some older Apple devices over the course of 2015.

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The company says the move is in line with it realigning focus on a few key products and ensuring that resources are spent smartly and with a clear purpose.

For starters, Yahoo is shutting down its Yahoo Maps site at the end of June. The product won’t be gone completely however, as properties like Flickr and Yahoo Search will continue to support maps.

Yahoo Pipes is the other application that will not be supported as of August 30 this year. Further Pipes infrastructure will run until Sept. 30, 2015 in read-only mode to help developers migrate their data.

The company also announced that it is retiring the GeoPlanet & PlaceSpotter APIs in Q3. Yahoo says the functionalities for these two APIs is offered on Yahoo Query Language (YQL) and BOSS.

Apart from this, the company is also shutting down some of its region media sites.

  • Yahoo Music will be shut down in France and Canada, while Yahoo Movies will be shut in Spain by mid-June. Further, the Yahoo Philippines homepage will close down and traffic will be redirected to the Yahoo Singapore homepage.
  • At the end of June, Yahoo TV in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Canada as well as Yahoo Autos in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
  • In early July, Yahoo Entertainment in Singapore will close.

The company also said it will stop supporting Yahoo Mail on older iOS devices and stop syncing Yahoo Contacts on older Macs.

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