Yahoo Goes ‘All In’ with Facebook

Yahoo, the WTF Web property of the past few years, has finally found its identity. And it’s called Facebook. Yahoo has announced an ‘all in’ integration strategy with Facebook Connect, providing direct access to Facebook from Yahoo’s home page, mail client and 15 other properties. They call it Yahoo Pulse. I call it Facebook Plus.

I admit to a little dog piling on Yahoo. Yahoo’s seemingly directionless wanderings have a lot of people wondering what the heck Yahoo is anymore. Are they about search or aren’t they? (Steve Ballmer hopes so.) Are they about content creation or aren’t they? The on-again, off-again dealings with Microsoft. All of it has, at best, left people scratching their heads about Yahoo’s future. At worst, it’s inspired people to walk away fed up or, worse yet, ambivalent.

And, now, Yahoo’s paved that path directly to Facebook. I, for one, think Yahoo still creates great content. I frequently share that content on Facebook already. Perhaps they think streamlining that process stands to generate more views for Yahoo. Maybe they’re right. Will be interesting to see how this pans out. At least for now, it seems yet another validation of my belief that all roads lead to Facebook.

800 Languages, 1 Typeface

Fascinating case study about Google and Monotype’s collaboration on Noto – an incredibly ambitious project to create one master typeface that can display on any device, any medium, in any language or writing system.


Drone on the Farm

A report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicted that the legalization of commercial drones would create more than $80 billion of positive economic impact (i.e., revenue and job creation) between 2015 and 2025. The predicted biggest piece of that growth? Agriculture.


Ready for Smart Tattoos?

MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Microsoft Research, has unveiled DuoSkin, a project that uses temporary tattoos as connected interfaces that can be used in a variety of ways.