High-End Homes: This $1.58 million li...

High-End Homes: This $1.58 million listing offers private elegance just minutes away from downtown

There are 3 comments on the MLive.com story from Jul 13, 2013, titled High-End Homes: This $1.58 million listing offers private elegance just minutes away from downtown. In it, MLive.com reports that:

A.J. Birkbeck says the 4.2 acre estate he is selling at 2093 Robinson Road SE offers "proximity and privacy."

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Alberto Cutuli

Ituzaingo, Argentina

#1 Jul 14, 2013
Yahoo! Messenger (sometimes abbreviated Y!M or YM) is an advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!. Yahoo! Messenger is provided free of charge and can be downloaded and used with a generic "Yahoo! ID" which also allows access to other Yahoo! services, such as Yahoo! Mail, where users can be automatically notified when they receive new email. Yahoo! also offers PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service, file transfers, webcam hosting, text messaging service, and chat rooms in various categories.

Yahoo! Messenger was originally launched under the name Yahoo! Pager on March 9, 1998.[1]

In addition to instant messaging features similar to those offered by ICQ, it also offers (on Microsoft Windows) features such as: IMVironments (customizing the look of Instant Message windows, some of which include authorized themes of famous cartoons such as Garfield or Dilbert), address-book integration and Custom Status Messages.[2] It was also the first major IM client to feature BUZZing and music-status. Another recently added feature is customized avatars. Yahoo! Messenger also allows users to access Yahoo! Chat Rooms.

As of December 14, 2012, all public chat rooms on Yahoo! Messenger have been shut down as part of a series of features being changed/added/deleted.[3][4]
Alberto Cutuli

Ituzaingo, Argentina

#2 Jul 14, 2013
Yahoo! Chat was a free online chat room service provided exclusively for Yahoo! Users. Yahoo! Chat was first announced on January 7, 1997, as it was confirmed to be a feature on the very first release of Yahoo! Messenger. On March 9, 1998, the first public version of Yahoo! Messenger was released, which included Yahoo! Chat as one of its features. It allowed Yahoo! Users to create public chat rooms, send private messages, and use emoticons.

In June 2005, with no advance warning, Yahoo! disabled users' ability to create their own chat rooms. The move came after KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas reported that many of the user-created rooms were geared toward pedophilia. The story prompted several advertisers, including Pepsi and Georgia-Pacific, to pull their ads from Yahoo!.[6]

On November 30, 2012, Yahoo announced that among other changes that the public chat rooms would be discontinued as of December 14, 2012.[4] quoting "This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo! products experiences and of course, create new ones."

Until the chat rooms became unavailable on December 14, 2012, all versions of Yahoo! Messenger could access Yahoo! chat rooms.

Yahoo! has since closed down the chat.yahoo.com site (which is now a redirect to a section of the Yahoo! Messenger page) because the great majority of chat users accessed it through Messenger. The company is still working on a way to allow users to create their own rooms while providing safeguards against abuse. A greyed-out option to "create a room" was available until the release of version 11.

A recently added feature in Yahoo! Messenger allows users to connect with their Facebook friends through the messenger.
Alberto Cutuli

Ituzaingo, Argentina

#3 Jul 14, 2013

As of 8.0, Yahoo! Messenger has added the ability for users to create plug-ins (via the use of the freely available Yahoo! Messenger Plug-in SDK), which are then hosted and showcased on the Yahoo! Plug-in gallery. Yahoo now no longer provides plugin development SDK.[5]

Yahoo! Music Radio[edit]

Main article: Yahoo! Music Radio

Yahoo! Messenger users can listen to free and paid Internet radio services, using the official Yahoo! Music Radio plug-in from within the messenger window. The plug-in also player functionality, such as play, pause, skip and rate this song.


Yahoo's software now allows users with the most current updated versions (messenger 8 through 10) to utilize its webcam service. This option enables users from distances all over the world to view others who have installed a webcam on their end. The service is free with provided speeds averaging from a range in between 1 to 2 frames per second. The resolution of the images can be seen starting at 320 x 240 pixels or 160 x 120.

URI scheme[edit]

Yahoo! Messenger's installation process automatically installs an extra URI scheme ("protocol") handler into some web browsers, so that URIs beginning "ymsgr:" can open a new Yahoo! Messenger window with specified parameters. This is similar in function to the mailto: URI scheme, which creates a new e-mail message using the system's default mail program. For instance, a web page might include a link like the following in its HTML source to open a window for sending a message to the YIM user notarealuser:

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