From Indiatimes Infotech : Yahoo Inc has begun publicly testing two Web services that are the fruit of intensive, one-day internal programming competitions the company has been hosting to foster employee innovation.

One of them, MapMixer, will let users take the millions of maps on the Web and overlay them onto the same locations on Yahoo Maps - creating hybrid maps that work independently of the underlying format or structure of the different maps. While certain spots can be denoted on maps from Yahoo and rivals Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, and AOL, MapMixer gives non-technical users a way to merge a map of a college campus or a group of local landmarks or a historical map of a town with a Yahoo road or satellite map.

A second application Yahoo is introducing is “Shop by Colour,” a feature to make it easier to search by colour for products on its shopping site. It was created by Yahoo Shopping employees Hayro Kolukisaoglu and Sundeep Tirumalareddy. Online shoppers will be able to filter their search for items such as shoes or pants by selecting from 56 colour hues. Selecting specific hues will filter searches to locate any similar results, regardless of the colour name used by a product maker, be it tangerine or orange, charcoal or slate gray.


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