Yahoo to Stop Maps and Pipes This Summer

Yahoo will shut down a number of products in the near future, according to the search giant’s Q2 progress report.

After eight years, Yahoo Maps will shut down at the end of the month, though the company will continue to support Yahoo Maps within its own search results and other properties, such as Flickr. As Yahoo standardizes and consolidates its offerings, the GeoPlanet and PlaceSpotter APIs will be retired during the third quarter of this year; information on migrating them is currently available through Yahoo Query Language.

In order to focus on its digital magazines, Yahoo will discontinue several regional, genre-specific media properties such as Yahoo Music in France and Canada; Yahoo Movies in Spain; Yahoo Entertainment in Singapore; and both Yahoo Music and Autos in the U.K., France, Germany and Spain. In addition, Yahoo Philippines will shut down and redirect to the Yahoo Singapore homepage.

Though Yahoo isn’t shutting down its mail system, the company will stop supporting Yahoo Mail on older iPhones. Beginning on June 15, Yahoo Mail will only be supported on the built-in email app for iOS 5 and later versions. Similarly, that same day, Yahoo Contacts will stop syncing for Mac operating systems prior to Mountain Lion.

Later this summer, Yahoo will also stop supporting Pipes, an application that aggregates information from various sources and then publishes it depending on users’ filters.

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