Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
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Short for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle!, Yahoo! was created in February 1994 by two Stanford University Ph.D. candidates David Filo and Jerry Yang. Today, Yahoo! is one of the most well-known and frequently visited pages on the Internet. On July 29, 2009, Yahoo! and Microsoft announced a 10-year search deal where the Yahoo! search would be replaced by Bing.

In 2008, Microsoft attempted to acquire Yahoo for over $44 billion, but Yahoo said the deal was too low. Later, on July 25, 2016, Verizon confirmed that it would purchase Yahoo for a much lower value of $4.48 billion. The deal would later be completed on June 13, 2017, and included the acquisition of Tumblr. The new company would create the Verizon Media Group (formerly Oath) that helped run over 50 media companies. The portions of Yahoo! not purchased by Verizon were renamed Altaba.

Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail is one of many e-mail providers on the Internet, initially launched in 1997. Yahoo offers members a service of sending and receiving e-mail, using a web-based interface and portal. Members can also opt for paid services that include more storage, increased e-mail attachments, POP (post office protocol) e-mail forwarding, and e-mail archival for offline access. Today, Yahoo Mail is still a popular e-mail provider.

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