Yahoo! Maps Beta does a reasonable job of ID-ing WiFi Hotspots

by Todd Ogasawara

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Yahoo! has a beta version of its mapping site up at
A couple of things struck me about Yahoo!'s beta map site.

  • If you are logged into to Yahoo (for email or some other service), the map shows your local area right away.
  • Searching using the keyword hotspot presented a pretty good list of WiFi hotspots in the area.
  • Hovering over an item found using a keyword results in a brief text information bubble.
    Clicking on it reveals a full text description and the bubble appears much faster than a Google Maps text info bubble.

Overall, it looks like a pretty nice upgrade to Yahoo! Maps.
I wonder if it has an API to create map mashups like Google Maps?

Any other interesting finds in Yahoo! Maps beta?