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Friday, March 03, 2006

Yahoo! realise that people are expensive 

Simon Levene, MD of Corporate Develoment at Yahoo! Europe said that they're shifting effort into using computers to do the jobs that historically have been done by editors (such as selecting stories and categorisation).

I thought that he was going to also mention the characteristically Web 2.0 idea of collective intelligence, but instead he pointed to user generated content from the likes of flickr and del.icio.us. I'd have thought that applying collective intelligence to Yahoo!s categoriastion using del.icio.us has great potential, but Simon said that the recent acquisitions were run as separate businesses and were likely to be so for the foreseeable future..

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