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Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) is licensing its web search technology to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) — but it is holding on to its Delicious social bookmarking site, which offers one alternative way to find items on the web by sifting through sites that people have bookmarked. And on Tuesday, Yahoo announced several changes to the service, which should help keep it relevant, especially as more people head to sites like Twitter and Facebook to share links and track popular topics.
The Delicious home page now features a category of “Fresh Bookmarks” listing links that are being talked about on Twitter, rather than the previous “Popular Bookmarks,” which listed the most frequently bookmarked links on Delicious. In a blog post, Yahoo Architect Vik Singh explained that the old system had some pitfalls. “You typically found links that had ~100 bookmarks — so more authoritative resources as opposed to fresh news,” he writes. “Additionally, given that the most popular tag on delicious is