Whispers From Yahoo Hack Day

Yahoo is hosting an “Open Hack Day NYC” in the Millenium Hotel off Times Square today.

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The idea key message from Yahoo (YHOO) to developers was: “Hey, come build apps for our 330 million Yahoo.com users.”

We stopped by for lunch and took a few photos.

We also picked up a bit of gossip.

Some unconfirmed rumours floating around the room:

  • Yahoo is working on integrating Hulu and/or other premium video providers into Yahoo.com.
  • We expect deeper Pandora/premium Internet radio integration, too.
  • Behind Facebook Connect, the most popular authentication service these days isn’t “Sign In With Twitter,” or MySpace’s product, but the new one from Yahoo.
  • Facebook Connect drives serious traffic, though. One developer told us that every time a user sends a link to their Wall through a Facebook Connect hook-up, it gets clicked on an average of six times.
  • Developers say Yahoo needs to do a better job of forcing its users to add apps to Yahoo.com. Apple did this with the iPhone by leaving 3 slots open on the iPhone OS homepage. Yahoo might try the same kind of “fill this space” trick with Yahoo.com
  • User-referrals account for 80% of Mint.com’s new customers.
  • Intuit started eying Mint for acquisition last December, when a friend of the Quicken product manager sat him down and took 30 minutes to explain just how many ways Mint.com was a better product.

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Hack Day was hosted at the Millenium Hotel, just off Times Square

Yahoo takes over the Millenium Hotel

The theme was steam punk, explaining the TV-headed wearing a petticoat.

Some hackers hacking on the requisite bean bags.

What, you're not a PC?

How can you hack without foosball?

…or Rock Band?

Yahoo wants developers to build widgets for TV

Bird cages + extension cords = steam punk

Yahoo's developer network -- looks like a subway map!

Apparently these stickers are coveted like cigarettes in a prison at Yahoo HQ

Continuing with the steam punk theme, here is a blueprint for a flying machine

From the press luncheon: Snooth cofounder Philip James

From the press luncheon: Mint.com biz dev direcotr Carrie Cronkey

From the press luncheon: Gigya biz dev VP Patrick Salyer

From the press luncheon: Yahoo biz dev director Greg Cohn

From the press luncheon: LabPixies creative director Udi Graff

From the press luncheon: Yahoo chief technologist Sam Pullara (right)

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