Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious?

Yahoo has been shutting down tons of its products including MyBlogLog and Geocities and also laying off employees to restructure the organization. However, there is some buzz going around that Yahoo might be shutting down Delicious, one of the most popular bookmarking services in the world.


As you can see from the image above, Yahoo has clearly marked Delicious as one of the products in the Sunset section along with MyBlogLog and Yahoo! duds like Yahoo! Buzz and Yahoo! Bookmarks. If the above image is a true reflection of what Yahoo thinks about their products, then they should seriously start looking at the usage statistics.

Closing Delicious could be one of the biggest mistakes made by Yahoo and there is no way that regular users are going to take this news lightly. I for one am appalled at the way Yahoo is dealing with this.

(Image via @waxpancake  h/t @ginatrapani)

YouTube Testing "Watch Later" Feature For Videos

I come across several articles everyday which are interesting to read, but cannot at that moment, due to lack of time. Thanks to services such as Instapaper, I am able to save that webpage URL and read it at a later time from anywhere. Of course, I could do that for pages with videos too, however, not the videos directly.

YouTube Watch Later

Today, I came across an interesting discovery on where they seem to be testing a new feature which will allow users to watch a video later on by queuing it to their profiles using a “Watch Later” option. The “Watch Later” option is seen as an overlay on the video itself.

YouTube Watch Later Clicked

When I clicked on “Watch Later”, nothing out of the ordinary happened, except for + sign disappearing from the box. However, I looked high and dry through my YouTube profile but could not find the location where the video was saved so that I could watch it at a later time. I believe that Google is basically just testing this feature out right now to see how many people are keen on using it.

I will keep digging around and update this post when I come across more information on this and where the “Watch Later” videos are actually saved.

YouTube Watch Later Store

Update: It looks like Google is testing this for couple of days now. I saw a post on YouTube forums and Yahoo Answers on this topic. I also found that the new YouTube homepage does not seem to show you the “Watch Later” videos. However, if you switch back to the old homepage, you will see the video as seen in the screenshot above.

Looking Back at 2010: Most Popular YouTube Videos of the Year


It’s that time of the year again, when we pause and take a moment to look back at the days and months gone by. A few days back, Google unveiled its annual Zeitgeist video, which gave us a whirlwind tour of the defining moments of the year through Google products. Now, Google is looking back at the most popular videos of the year through YouTube.

While 2009 was the year of Susan Boyle, JK Wedding Videoand David After Dentist, 2010 gave us Auto-tune the news, Double Rainbow and the Old Spice man. As always, music videos were in high demand throughout the year. Unsurprisingly, Justin Bieber dominated the charts. The teen-sensation’s “Baby” is the most watched music video of the year (with more than 400 million views), followed by Shakira’s “Waka Waka” and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie”. Bieber also makes three other appearances in the top-ten list.

If we exclude videos from music labels, the Bed Intruder Song is the most watched video on YouTube. Greyson Chance, who has been dubbed as the next Bieber ended up in the third spot for his “Singing Paparazzi” video.

You can check out the most popular videos from 2010 at

China Blocks Wikileaks, Forgets About, Maybe Thanks to Google

Looks like the internet blocking force in China relies on Google more than Bing. Of course what Bing did was not ethical at all, but they are definitely not being used in China.

Wikileaks China

Back Story: China blocked in well, China after they leaked sensitive documents including those which linked China directly to hacks on among other things (Read all China/Google hacking backstories).

What China blocked was only main site,, however, they seem to have forgotten that has now moved to and now has 76 100s of Wikileaks mirrors, making all those documents easily accessible to everyone in well, China among other places where Internet is accessible.

Thanks to Hughesey from View DNS for the tip, this page does show that is still available and kicking in China. Oh and well it might not be so in maybe next few minutes or hours. So as long as you are in China, have fun reading Cablegate on Wikileaks.

Opera Reaches 150 Million Users, Celebrates it in Style

A couple of months back, Opera Software had disclosed that it has more than 140 million users. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the creative browser maker from Norway is now celebrating 150 million users. A majority of the users are from Opera Mini, which offers a fully functional tabbed browsing experience on low-end handsets and feature phones. Opera for Desktop is the other significant contributor with a little over fifty million users. Opera is available on a wide range of devices including the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, several connected televisions, and of course on smartphones (Opera Mini and Opera Mobile).


About a week back, we had lauded Opera for their creative marketing efforts. In the recent past they have managed to impress Reddit (twice!), besides creating a rather popular humorous parody. Keeping up their impressive track record, Opera Software is announcing this milestone by leaking its co-founder’s inbox. Head over to to get a sneak peek at Jon von Tetzchner’s faux inbox. It’s full of humorous and interesting fake conversations involving Tetzchner. Besides easter eggs for Opera community members, it also contains a hat-tip to Reddit.

European Union Launches Antitrust Investigation against Google, Google Responds

GoogleGoogle’s “Do no Evil” mantra has come under the scanner over the past few years as it has evolved from a search company to a technology giant. Now, the European Union has launched an antitrust investigation against Google to examine allegations that it gives unfair preference to its services over services from other (vertical) search providers. Foundem, (Microsoft-owned) Ciao, are the competitors who complained to the EU.

The European Union intends to analyses several aspects, including search engine results page rank of third party services, the possibility of advertisements from competition being blocked for certain keywords, and also whether it is possible to export advertising campaign data to competing platforms.

Google has defended its policies in a blog article. “At Google, we’ve always focused on putting the user first by providing the best possible answers as quickly as possible”, emphasized the search engine giant.

If Google is found to have engaged in anti-competitive behavior, then it might be in serious trouble as the European Union tends to be extremely serious about ensuring free and fair competition. Nevertheless, in my opinion, it’s unlikely that Google would have purposefully violated EU norms. They have been under scrutiny over the recent past, and they had to know that something like this is in the pipe. It would have been foolish to risk stringent regulations and massive fines by baiting the European Union.

Skype Video Chat Coming to Facebook?

Facebook A couple of months back, there were rumors suggesting that deep integration of Facebook and Skype was on the cards. Soon after, Skype introduced Facebook integration in its client. Now it appears that Facebook is also preparing to integrate Skype.

AllFacebook is reporting that a Facebook app developer has discovered the existence of code hinting at Skype integration. Apparently, Facebook is bucket testing this feature, which will be based on the Skype SDK. Tal Alter, the developer who was the first to notice this, wrote in his blog, “The object, which is simply called VideoChat, appears to have everything needed to introduce video chatting functionality.” It is expected that once launched, Skype users will be able to receive and initiate video calls directly from Facebook.

Celebrities Quit Twitter and Facebook for Charity

Lady-Gaga Several megastars including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Usher are temporarily quitting Facebook and Twitter to raise money for Grammy winning singer Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive (KCA) charity ahead of the World Aids Day. Keep a Child Alive aids families affected by HIV/AIDs in India and Africa. It has six main treatment sites located in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, and India. Keys is the global ambassador of KCA.

All the participating celebrities have recorded their last tweet and testament. Leigh Blake, the president and co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, explained, “We’re trying to sort of make the remark: ‘Why do we care so much about the death of one celebrity as opposed to millions and millions of people dying in the place that we’re all from?'”

The celebrities will return to the social networks once $1 million has been raised. Lady Gaga is expected to make a significant impact thanks to her massive social base (nearly 24 million Facebook fans and more than 7 million Twitter followers). However, as Keys explained, “It just doesn’t have to be just because you’re a celebrity or something like that. It can be anybody.”

Chrome to Get Multiple User Profile Support

Google Chrome is about to officially get multi-profile support. According to Downloadsquad, once this feature kicks in, users will be able to run different windows of Chrome with different Google (Gmail) accounts.

Currently, it is possible to enable multiple profile support in Chrome with command line switches. However, once Google officially enables this feature, you will be able to access it from Chrome’s preferences dialogue box (pictured below).


Every individual window, Chrome will clearly display which profile it is associated with. In Windows, this information will be displayed at the top of the browser frame, where as in Mac, this info will be added to the menu bar. Every profile will be color-coded to make identification easier.

There’s no word on when these features will show up in Chromium. However, knowing Google, it probably won’t take too long.

State of Opera (Q3 2010): Increases Revenue, But Fails to Gain New Desktop Users

Earlier in the day, I took a look at the State of Mozilla report, which highlighted impressive all around gains for the open source browser maker. Opera Software, one of the smaller competitors of Mozilla, also recently published its own financial report.

According to the third quarter (2010) report, Opera Software posted record revenues of 178.3 MNOK (million Norwegian krone), which is a 32% year on year growth. A major driving factor was partnerships with device manufacturers and telecom providers. Among others, Opera has partnerships telecom service providers like Telenor, Vodafone, AT&T, Sprint, MTC (MTS) and Virgin, and mobile phone manufacturers like HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. Opera is also a player in the connected TV market, and licenses its technology to Phillips, Toshiba, Sharp, Thomson, Realtek and others.


Desktop revenue increased by 41%, whereas revenue from internet devices increased by 32%. Opera currently has more than 140 million users, with a vast majority of them being on Opera Mini. Unfortunately for Opera, although its revenue from desktop products increased, the number of users witnessed decrease in consecutive quarters. Opera Software is blaming this on seasonal variations, which sounds rather convenient. Seasonal fluctuations are generally small enough to be compensated by gaining a few million users. If they are significant to have a visible impact on Opera’s userbase, then that is because Opera has actually failed to reach out to a significant number of new users. Unless maintaining status quo is considered to be success at Opera, there is no hiding the fact that Opera is still failing to make its presence felt in the desktop segment. It’s also rather convenient that Opera is bringing up seasonal fluctuations now. No one mentioned it, when they were gaining users.


Of late, Opera Software has been making all the right moves with its desktop offering. In fact, Opera 11 alpha was downloaded 370,000 times in the first two days. I really hope that Opera 11 will help them in gaining more users. However, before that, they should be prepared to at least acknowledge exactly where they stand.