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.


Quests for Quantum

One technology quietly sliding from the realm of science fiction to science fact is quantum computing. This article from Singularity Hub speculates on the fields that stand to be most profoundly impacted by the rise of this powerful new way to process our world.

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Interstellar Travel by 2037?

Think about how dramatically different the world is today from 20 years ago. Consider the incredible pace of evolution of the technologies around us. Do that and you may realize that interstellar travel in the next 20 years may not be such a longshot. (It may just look different than you’re envisioning.)

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Video To Go

According to The Ooyala Global Video Index Report, more than 50% of all video plays were on mobile in 2016 for the first time; that number is expected to rise to 60% in 2017.

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