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Yahoo! Inc. is an American public corporation with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, (in Silicon Valley), and provides Internet services worldwide. The company is perhaps best known for its web portal, search engine, Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, news, and social media websites and services. Yahoo! was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 1, 1995.

According to Web traffic analysis companies (including Compete.com, comScore, Alexa Internet, Netcraft, and Nielsen Ratings, the domain yahoo.com attracted at least 1.575 billion visitors annually by 2008.[8] The global network of Yahoo! websites receives 3.4 billion page views per day on average as of October 2007. It is the second most visited website in the U.S., and the most visited website in the world.




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Tool Description Type
Yahoo! Search Marketing (Overture) Yahoo! Search Marketing is based on Overture, which Yahoo! acquired. The service is the pioneer of pay-based inclusion in search engines, and also delivers targeted ads similar to Google AdSense.

Free
Yahoo! Small Business Yahoo! Small Business offers web hosting, domain names and e-commerce services for small businesses.

Free/Commercial
Yahoo! 360 Yahoo! 360 was a social networking site and blog host. Since its launch on 29 March 2005, it has gained over 2 million members. It was invite-only until 24 June 2005, and is currently available only to users above 13.

Free
Yahoo! Answers Yahoo! Answers is a service that allows users to ask and answer questions other users post. It competes with Ask MetaFilter. Yahoo! Answers uses a points system whereby points are awarded for asking and answering questions, and deducted for deleting a question or answer, or getting reported.

Free
Yahoo! Briefcase Yahoo! Briefcase is a free file hosting service.

Free
Yahoo! Buzz Yahoo! Buzz is a community based publishing service much like that of Digg, where users can buzz about certain stories and allow them to be featured on the main page of the site.

Free
Yahoo! Developer Network Yahoo! Developer Network offers resources for software developers which use Yahoo! technologies and Web services.

Free
Yahoo! Directory Yahoo! was first formed as a web directory of web sites, organized into a hierarchy of categories and subcategories, which became the Yahoo! Directory. Once a human-compiled directory, Yahoo! Directory now offers two methods of inclusion: Standard, which is free and only available for non-commercial categories, and Express, which charges over US$300 for a quick inclusion in the directory.

$299
Yahoo! Finance Yahoo! Finance offers financial information, including stock quotes and stock exchange rates.

Free
Yahoo! Games Yahoo! Games allows users to play games, such as chess, billiards, checkers and backgammon, against each other. Users can join one of various rooms and find players in these rooms to play with. Most of the games are Java applets, although some require the user to download the game, and some games are single-player. Yahoo! acquired a one person effort called ClassicGames.com in 1997, which became Yahoo! Games.

Free
Yahoo! Geocities Yahoo! GeoCities is a web hosting service which offers 15 MB of web space. It was formed in late 1994 as Beverly Hills Internet and allowed users to select a "city" to place their site in, based on the site's content. It was purchased by Yahoo! in 1999. Yahoo! implemented changes, such as changing the Terms of Service, introducing advertisements on GeoCities pages and introducing a premium hosting service.

Free
Yahoo! Groups Yahoo! Groups is a free groups and mailing list service which competes with Google Groups. It was formed when Yahoo! acquired eGroups in August 2000. Groups are sorted in categories similar to the Yahoo! Directory. Yahoo! Groups also offers other features such as a photographic album, file storage and a calendar.

Free
Yahoo! HotJobs Yahoo! HotJobs provides tools and advice to job seekers.

Free
Yahoo! Kids Yahoo! Kids is a children's version of the Yahoo! portal. It also offers some online safety tips.

Free
Yahoo! Mail Yahoo! acquired Four11 on 8 October 1997, and its webmail service Rocketmail became Yahoo! Mail. Since Google released Gmail on 1 April 2004, Yahoo! Mail has made several improvements to keep ahead of the competition, which also includes MSN Hotmail and AOL Mail. Yahoo! Mail is the only web-based email service that offers unlimited storage for all users. On 9 July 2004, Yahoo! acquired an e-mail provider named Oddpost and used its technology to create Yahoo! Mail Beta, which uses Ajax to mimic the look and feel of an e-mail client. On June 19, 2008, Yahoo Mail introduced its 2 new email domains: ymail.com and rocketmail.com ("@ymail.com" and "@rocketmail.com" at http://mail.yahoo.com).

Free
Yahoo! Maps Yahoo! Maps offers driving directions and traffic.

Free
Yahoo! Messenger Yahoo! Messenger is an instant messaging service first released on 21 July 1999, which competes with AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ and QQ. It offers several unique features, such as IMvironments, custom status messages, and custom avatars. On 13 October 2005, Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger would become interoperable.

Free
Yahoo! Movies Yahoo! Movies offers showtimes, movie trailers, movie information, gossip, and others.

Free
Yahoo! Music Yahoo! Music offers music videos and internet radio (LAUNCHcast), a for-fee service known as Yahoo! Music Unlimited and the Yahoo! Music Engine- which has been sold to Rhapsody on Oct. 31th, 2008.

Free
Yahoo! News News updates and top stories at Yahoo! News, including world, national, business, entertainment, sports, weather, technology, and weird news.

Free
Yahoo! Publisher Network Yahoo! Publisher Network is an advertising program, which is currently in beta and only accepts US publishers.

Free
Yahoo! Real Estate Yahoo! Real Estate offers real estate-related information and allows users to find rentals, mew houses, real estate agents, mortgages and more.

Free
Yahoo! Search Yahoo! Search is a search engine which competes with MSN Search and market leader Google. Yahoo! relied on Google results from 26 June 2000 to 18 February 2004, but returned to using its own technology after acquiring Inktomi and Overture (which owned AlltheWeb and AltaVista). Yahoo! Search uses a crawler named Yahoo! Slurp.

Free
Yahoo! Shopping Yahoo! Shopping is which competes with eBay and Amazon. It allows users to search for, compare and buy products online.

Free
Yahoo! Sports Yahoo! Sports offers sports news, including scores, statistics, and fixtures. It includes a "fantasy team" game.

Free
Yahoo! Tech Yahoo! Tech offers reviews and advice for buying and using electronics.

Free
Yahoo! Video Yahoo! Video is a video sharing site.

Free
Yahoo! Widgets Yahoo! Widgets is a cross-platform desktop widget runtime environment. The software was previously distributed as a commercial product called 'Konfabulator' for Mac OS X and Windows until it was acquired by Yahoo! and rebranded 'Yahoo! Widgets' and made available for free.

Free


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