Yahoo! Axes 'Public Chat Rooms, Pingbox' and More Messenger Features; Yahoo to Pay $2.7B Fine in Mexican Lawsuit, Court Ruled

An update to Yahoo! axes a number of Messenger features, Yahoo! in a blog entry said, "We have decided to discontinue several Yahoo! product features. This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo! products experiences and of course, create new ones."Belw is a list of features that will discontiue:Yahoo! Messenger […]

An update to Yahoo! axes a number of Messenger features, Yahoo! in a blog entry said, "We have decided to discontinue several Yahoo! product features. This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo! products experiences and of course, create new ones."

Belw is a list of features that will discontiue:

Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms will close down on December 14, 2012.

Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox as of December 14, 2012, will no longer be available on Yahoo! Messenger. "If you've installed Pingbox on your blog or social networks, follow the steps below to uninstall it:

  • "Open Yahoo! Messenger
  • Select Messenger | My Pingbox
  • Click Manage Pingbox
  • On the "Manage your Pingboxes" page, click Delete under the Pingbox you want to delete
  • Click Delete to confirm the deletion
  • You will also need to remove the Pingbox code from your website," yahoo explains.

Yahoo! Messenger will no longer be interoperable with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger as of December 14, 2012. "Microsoft buddies will still appear on your Messenger contact list, but they will be greyed out, and if you try to send instant messages to them, the messages will not be delivered," Yahoo said.

Fianlly, effective January 30, 2013, Yahoo! say they'll "no longer offer Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities," a YaHoo co-branded landline and mobile phone service from Jajah.

As of today, "users can no longer add new funds to their accounts, and active users who currently have a balance in their accounts will receive emailed instructions in December from Jajah on how to request a refund," the company added.

For those want to apply for a refund of any balance remaining on their account can do so by submitting a refund request here.

Note, free Messenger-to-Messenger calls will still be offered through Yahoo! Messenger.

A Mexico City court ruled that Yahoo must pay $2.7 billion for breaching its contract with Ideas Interactivas and its parent company Worldwide Directories.

Yahoo! reported that "the 49th Civil Court of the Federal District of Mexico City has entered a non-final judgment of U.S. $2.7 billion against Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. in a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs Worldwide Directories S.A. de C.V. and Ideas Interactivas, S.A. de C.V. Yahoo! believes the plaintiffs' claims are without merit and will vigorously pursue all appeals."

The web giant seems to have had a partnership to work with Interactive Ideas to release a printed Yellow Pages of business telephone numbers for Mexico.

According to the brief press release, "The plaintiffs alleged claims of breach of contract, breach of promise, and lost profits arising from contracts related to a yellow pages listings service" but Yahoo says the claims have no merit. Yahoo filed an 8-K with the SEC regarding the ruling.