Yahoo finance is a great webapp.  It gets more traffic than all the other financial sites combined (CBS marketwatch, CNBC, etc.).  It's so good (or at least it was), that most of the brokers on Wall Street use it instead of their internal systems.  However, it is (like most of Yahoo's services) so full of ads now it's almost unusable.  The solution?  A fee-based webservice feed for all the data Yahoo has collected.  A desktop webapp that allows me to customize my views of financial data.  A post button for charts, news, and other data so I can send them with annotation to my weblog.   New tools that lets me analyze the data I get to spot trends.  The ability to integrate other feeds that I pay for to build a composite app that does more than Yahoo's.  How many people would use something like this if it cost $50 a year?  I know I would.  That's a hell of a lot more money than Yahoo is making on me currently. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

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