Yahoo turns off podcast service

Yahoo will jettison a little-used service for finding and rating audio programs known as 'podcasts,' the latest casualty of the Internet company's rejuvenation effort, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the podcast section will be silenced October 31, according to a notice posted on Yahoo's web site. It joins several other features that Yahoo has scrapped as it tries to snap out of a financial funk that has depressed its stock price and triggered a reshuffling of top management, the report said.

The Associated Press report quoted Yahoo spokeswoman Carrie Davis as saying the company still hopes to blend its index of podcasts into another part of its web site.

The latest retrenchment comes near the end of 100-day review of Yahoo's operations that co-founder Jerry Yang announced in mid-July, a month after he replaced Chairman Terry Semel as the Sunnyvale-based company's chief executive, the report said.

Yahoo is expected to dump more services before the overhaul is completed, with its music subscription service frequently mentioned as one of the most likely targets, the report further said.