Here’s how Yahoo explained Mojito when it was first announced:
It’s an awkward time for a release. A few weeks ago Yahoo hit Facebook with a patent infringement suit. That’s made Yahoo particularly unpopular in the developer community, who don’t often take kindly to software patents – even patents they’ve filed themselves. Case in point: Wired contributor and former Yahoo developer Andy Baio wrote that he was pressured into filing patents for technology he developed for Upcoming, an events sharing app acquired by Yahoo. Baio wrote that the patents were supposed to be purely defensive. Meanwhile, Yahoo’s expected round of layoffs isn’t helping the company’s image.
All that said, Mojito looks like a truly cool framework that should be judged on its own merits, not on the basis of Yahoo’s recent actions. However, it’s hard to think that the Manhattan service will gather much steam in the current environment.
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