Tech giant Yahoo is shutting down its Games site, Livetext, some of its regional, genre-specific media properties and many more as it outlines a plan for simplifying the business and to focus on its strengths across core consumer products, its chief architect Amotz Maimon said in a Tumblr post.
The Company which offers internet search, communication and digital content to over 1 billion people each day has discontinued the Yahoo Games site and publishing channel on Friday.
Similarly, it is shutting down Livetext at the end of this month. “Livetext allowed us to experiment with new user experiences and features to drive innovations across our products” Maimon has stated in the post.
Yahoo plans to incorporate the learnings and features into Yahoo products including Yahoo Messenger, its core messaging platform.
Yahoo is also going to shut down some of the regional, genre-specific media properties to streamline its editorial offering to focus on its four core content areas: News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyle. Similarly, Yahoo Astrology will close in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and India.
Yahoo Maktoob (Arabic and English) genre-specific media sites, including News, Celebrity, Movies, Style, Helwa, Sports and Weather, will close and the pages will redirect to the Yahoo Maktoob homepages in Arabic and English, Maimon writes.
The chief architect of Yahoo has also informed that they are discontinuing BOSS JSON Search API and BOSS Hosted Search, as well as the BOSS Placefinder and Placespotter APIs, on March 31 to streamline and simplify products for its developer community.
“Now with free algorithmic web results, publishers can monetize across desktop, tablet or mobile web with Yahoo search ads. Moving forward, Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite is our offering for mobile developers”, Maimon said in the post.