Thanks Doug for an excellent interview with Yahoo's engineer. There are many ( which I am not ) who think Yahoo is either going to make a come back ( depending on whether you even think they were ever there to begin with ) or gain some ground on Google and the like.
When the topic comes up, I often asked Yahoo supporters how they are going to do this exactly ? Some argue a changed interface while others think signing Katie Couric would somehow prove Yahoo was moving in a new and improved direction. .
Well there has to be more to it - however Yahoo seems to be pretty "tight-lipped" about their methods and intentions. So I was quite surprised to learn of Yahoo use and support of Apache Storm.
Now this is something with teeth. You have provided a really good look behind the scenes somewhat. Not sure if this is the answer for Yahoo, but it certainly cannot hurt.