Afternoon Edition: Pac-Man never dies
The news is that Yahoo will power mail, chat, and maps in Nokia devices. That's nice I suppose. It will have somewhat of an impact on developing countries and overseas where Nokia phones are popular.
The bigger news is what Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said as a non sequitur during the event: that Yahoo products will get more social features integrated in the next few weeks.
Yahoo has experimented with social features inside Mail but the company has yet to make a splash in social media. Yahoo is good at one-to-one communication such as Messenger and Mail, but not so good at one-to-many communication like Facebook or Twitter.
What Yahoo does have is a humongous userbase, most of whom know how to use social networking. If the company can successfully leverage that userbase, it could succeed as a social meeting place. It would take a lot of attention grabbing though, which would necessitate way more cool points than Yahoo has these days.
Other links from Monday afternoon's episode of Loaded:
Twitter bans third-party ads in your Twitter feed
Halo: Reach gets a release date of September 14
Pandigital releases the Novel e-reader
Google will keep the 30th anniversary Pac-Man game up in perpetuity
Sony launches a Billabong-designed Vaio in Australia