Connectivity Briefs

Yahoo Inc. is following its own direction. The Internet giant announced recently that it has developed its own software platform for offering maps and driving directions online, abandoning the service previously provided by Inc., which effectively becomes a Yahoo rival.

Yahoo Maps has been integrated into nearly 20 of the company’s Internet properties including its real estate and phone directory Web sites. Changes to the service are mostly in the software and navigation features that power the system, and users aren’t expected to notice a difference, the company said. “Basically, we moved Yahoo Maps in-house based on the fact that we wanted to have a lot more flexibility and control over how we use it,” said Andrew Braccia, director of business development for Yahoo’s listings division.

EMail Extractor adds new merging, saving features

The shareware developers at Max Programming LLC have updated their EMail Extractor, a tool for extracting e-mail addresses from various files.

EMail Extractor can fetch all valid e-mail addresses from any file and generate an output file with well formatted e-mails (without duplicates), according to MacTech magazine. It supports drag and drop from the Finder with both the traditional Mac operating system and Mac OS X. As of version 1.4, extraction results can now be merged in one output file. “Bad” e-mails and duplicates can be saved to separate results files. E-mail owner names can now also be extracted. EMail Extractor costs US$14.

Canada and China will promote wireless together

The Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that sets forth the framework by which both organizations will jointly promote wireless technology and build cooperative ties between both regions.

The MoU was signed during the Hong Kong Information Infrastructure Exposition & Conference 2002, and was witnessed by Eva Cheng, Acting Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting for Hong Kong SAR, and Jean-Claude Bouchard, Assistant Deputy Minister of Industry Canada. “CWTA is eager to nurture this new relationship,” said Peter Barnes, President and CEO of the CWTA. “Combining the strengths of our respective wireless industries with new markets for our individual products and services will further enhance both economies’ established reputations in the telecom arena worldwide.”