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Yahoo to launch re-designed homepage soon

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Posted September 13, 2008 by admin in Internet

The most significant change Yahoo will offer is a much more customizable version of its homepage, powered by the “widgets” that are popular on similar content portals and social networking sites like iGoogle and Facebook.

More importantly, though, Yahoo is going to allow its home page and these widgets to interact with third-party sites and services, and it offered the example of a Netflix widget that can display customers’ queues and ratings on Yahoo’s homepage. These changes sound very similar to the features and functionality rolled out in a large update to its MyYahoo 2.0 customizable start page last July.

Yahoo offered no ETA for when these changes will arrive, only saying that they will appear gradually over the next few months. “You will see a rolling thunder kind of thing,” Ash Patel, Yahoo’s Executive Vice President its Audience and Product division, told the Associated Press. Yahoo is hosting a conference today to get third-party developers interested in building more widgets and integrating other services for its homepage.

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