Security Hero Rotating Header Image – A project for Open Hack 2009 ¡V A project for Open Hack 2009

Last week I attended Open Hack 2009, an event hosted by Yahoo in which participants are encouraged to create applications (hacks) in 24 hours ideally using their APIs or libraries. During the last two Hack Days at which Yahoo was one of the main sponsors I never really got around to playing with their APIs that much, so I was eager to get my hands on them this time and see what was possible.

Yahoo has been in the news quite a lot lately, with an unsuccessful take over by Microsoft in 2008, the subsequent drop in stock price from $30 to $10, and the recent announcement of the closing of their once popular Geocities web hosting service. Some hackers at Open Hack including myself were a bit concerned about the amount of data we keep in the cloud, and the power that these big companies hold in choosing when to discontinue a service.


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