Monday, April 22, 2013
Yahoo Axes Upcoming.org
Upcoming.org, an online service which was started in Los Angeles, and acquired by Yahoo in 2005, is shutting down, according to Yahoo in an announcement over the weekend. Taking a clue from Google, Yahoo has begun closing donw lesser used services owned and operated by the company, including a half dozen different services announced Friday, including Upcoming, Yahoo! Deals, SMS alerts, Yahoo Kids, and more. Upcoming.org was a social calendaring application which let users post free listings about events coming up in an area; the company was acquired in October 2005 by Yahoo, and its founders moved to the Bay Area by Yahoo. The shutdown isn't the first by Yahoo of a startup originally created in Southern California; the firm notably has shut down such local onetime Internet high-flyers as Geocities (started in Santa Monica) and GoTo/Overture (Pasadena). Upcoming.org's founder posted a long diatribe on Yahoo's shutdown of his creation Friday.