Yahoo Loses Top Talent and Sheds Services in the Wake of MS Deal
Yahoo's deal with Microsoft recently sparked a lot of interest but perhaps the most interesting events are yet to come. Already, Yahoo has lost top talent like Doug Cutting and have now started announcing discontinuation of some of it's search-related services. Services on the chopping block include the unique Term Extraction as well as it's highly used Contextual Web Search.
You can never assume that third-party services that you use in your own products will be available forever which means you should have a backup service in place when you rely on a third party.
The Yahoo announcements makes it obvious that not even the big players are immune to unexpected change.