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Yahoo

(Yahoo, Sunnyvale, CA, www.yahoo.com) The most diversified information portal on the Web. Along with search, news, sports and weather, Yahoo offers email, instant messaging, travel, auctions, classified ads, financial data, discussion groups, Web hosting and numerous other services.

It Began with Search
When it launched in 1995, Yahoo was the first Web search site to gain worldwide attention. It distinguished itself in the early days because it created its indexes manually. Instead of sending out automated spiders that roamed the Web and indexed everything in sight, indexing specialists decided what categories a Web page fit in. As a result, Yahoo called itself a "directory," rather than a search engine. As the Web grew exponentially, it became too large to index manually, and Yahoo employed automated methods.

A Student Hobby
In 1994, Stanford Ph.D candidates Jerry Yang and David Filo began indexing interesting websites as a hobby. "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" turned into Yahoo, meaning "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!" A very successful IPO followed in 1996, and within a few years, Yahoo became a major global brand worldwide.

From Yahoo to Oath and Altaba
Valued at USD $67 billion prior to the dot-com bust, Yahoo began to slide ever since. Although Microsoft offered $44 billion to buy the company in 2008, Yahoo declined. Nine years later in 2017, Verizon acquired Yahoo's Internet businesses for $5 billion. Combined with Verizon's acquisition of AOL in 2015, an umbrella company was formed and named Oath. Retaining their own brands, more than 50 media and tech sites are part of Oath, including Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo News, AOL, TechCrunch, tumblr and engadget.

What remained of Yahoo not acquired by Verizon was renamed Altaba ("alternate to Alibaba"), which owns roughly 15% of the Chinese Internet giant (see Alibaba).



Alibaba

(Alibaba Group Holding Limited, Hangzhou, China, www.alibaba.com) An Internet-based conglomerate that offers consumer and business e-commerce sites, online payments and auctions, a search engine for shopping, as well as cloud computing services. Founded by Jack Ma in 1999, Alibaba accounts for the bulk of China's online sales and parcel deliveries and half the online payments. It is one of the most visited sites on the Internet, and its USD $25 billion IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in September 2014 was the largest ever.



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Y, (R-Y), (B-Y)Yahoo Broadcast
Y, B-Y, R-YYahoo Connected TV
Y, Cb, CrYahoo Kids
Y, Cr, CbYahoo Mail
Y, R-Y, B-YYahoo Messenger
Y2KYahoo Search Marketing
Y2K compliantYahoo Smart TV
Y2K problemYahoo Store
YAAPYahoo TV
yaccYahoo Widgets

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