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Yahoo was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was an early pioneer in the dotcom boom, but was quickly overhauled by Google and others. In 2008, it rejected a US$44.6 billion bid from Microsoft, and subsequently Yahoo’s market capitalisation slipped to just US$22.24 billion just three years later.

Paper cuts sharpest, says Alibaba's Jack Ma

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma's push into internet finance has raised regulatory concern over risks from the new business. Photo: Xinhua

How do you defeat the country's No 1 e-commerce firm? It may not require any innovation in technology, just a piece of paper, says Jack Ma Yun, the founder and chairman of Alibaba.

Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 12:53am 1 comment

Yahoo e-mail passwords stolen, used to gather personal data

Photo: AFP

Usernames and passwords of some of Yahoo’s e-mail customers have been stolen and used to gather personal information about people those Yahoo mail users have recently corresponded with, the company said on Thursday.

31 Jan 2014 - 5:25pm

Yahoo executive fired amid disappointing growth

 Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's CFO was sacked amid disappointment with his efforts to boost growth. Photo: Reuters

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer dismissed chief operating officer Henrique de Castro after 14 months, amid disappointment with his efforts to boost growth, sources said.

17 Jan 2014 - 1:10am

Google and Yahoo outraged that the NSA tapped its cables

Google expressed 'outrage' at  NSA efforts to intercept data. Photo: EPA

Google and Yahoo reacted with anger as reports emerged that the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart had apparently tapped the fibre-optic cables connecting overseas servers of the two technology giants and were copying vast amounts of e-mail and other information.

1 Nov 2013 - 2:34am 5 comments

Roll out Bing in Hong Kong and Taiwan, judge in US orders Yahoo

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer has not been enthusiastic about the search partnership with Microsoft. Photo: AP

A US judge refused to let Yahoo delay using Microsoft’s Bing search capabilities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, affirming on Monday an arbitrator’s decision in favour of Microsoft.

22 Oct 2013 - 2:42pm

Yahoo to keep bigger stake than planned in Alibaba after IPO

Yahoo owns 24 per cent of Alibaba. Photo: Reuters

Yahoo said on Tuesday it would keep a larger stake in Alibaba Group than originally planned after the Chinese e-commerce giant goes public, hoping to profit from the company’s future growth.

Alibaba is expected to file for an estimated US$15 billion IPO next year, valuing the operator of retail, auction and content websites at more than US$100 billion.

16 Oct 2013 - 3:21pm

Alibaba faces bumpy road in US flotation after abandoning Hong Kong offering

Alibaba walked away from a Hong Kong listing after regulators refused to let the company maintain its partnership structure. Photo: Reuters

The United States will not be an easy option for the potential US$15 billion listing of Alibaba, which has been stuck in a war of words with the Hong Kong stock exchange and regulator over its listing plan.

8 Oct 2013 - 8:18am 2 comments

Web's inventor Tim Berners-Lee teams with internet firms to boost access

Tim Berners-Lee. Photo: EPA

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has teamed up with Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and other organisations in a global coalition to drive down the cost of internet access in less-developed countries.

7 Oct 2013 - 9:23am

Alibaba in no rush to float in Hong Kong this year

Jack Ma's main concern is about the control of Alibaba. Photo: AFP

Alibaba Group may postpone its potential HK$100 billion listing plan to 2015 if the mainland's top e-commerce firm cannot get a deal done in Hong Kong this year. 

13 Sep 2013 - 7:51am 1 comment

Yahoo boss says monthly traffic surpasses 800 million users

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer. Photo: Reuters

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said the Internet company now has more than 800 million monthly active users, which she said represented 20 per cent growth.

Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Mayer said the 800 million users did not include traffic from Tumblr, the online blog and social media hub that it acquired earlier this year.

12 Sep 2013 - 8:45am

Chinese journalist Shi Tao, jailed for eight years after Yahoo gave up his identity, gets early release

Chinese journalist Shi Tao, jailed for eight years after Yahoo gave up his identity, gets early release

China has released from prison early a prominent dissident and journalist who was jailed in 2005 for leaking state secrets abroad after Yahoo helped authorities identify him, a rights group said.

Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Yahoo defended itself at the time, saying it had to abide by local laws.

9 Sep 2013 - 2:10pm 1 comment

Yahoo complied with requests for data on 800-plus Hong Kong users

Yahoo complied with requests for data on 800-plus Hong Kong users

Hong Kong's law enforcement agencies demanded the personal details of more than 800 Yahoo users between January and June, and the internet giant complied with all the requests. That compared to one request to Facebook in the same period.

8 Sep 2013 - 3:50am 5 comments

Yahoo unveils new logo

Yahoo’s new look is part of a broader makeover under chief executive executive Marissa Mayer. Photo: EPA

Yahoo has adopted a new logo for the first time since shortly after the Internet company’s founding 18 years ago.

The redesigned look unveiled late Wednesday is part of a makeover that Yahoo Inc. has been undergoing since the Sunnyvale, California, company hired Google executive Marissa Mayer to become Yahoo’s chief executive 14 months ago.

5 Sep 2013 - 1:36pm

Yahoo passed Google in US Web visitors in July

Yahoo is in the middle of a turnaround orchestrated by chief executive Marissa Mayer. Photo: EPA

For the first time in more than two years, more Americans visited Yahoo’s websites than Google’s in July, according to data from research firm comScore.

ComScore said Wednesday that Yahoo’s websites saw 196.6 million unique US visitors last month, while Google’s sites had 192.3 million. The last time Yahoo was ahead of Google was in May 2011, according to comScore.

23 Aug 2013 - 11:16am

Alibaba's plans for US$15b listing in Hong Kong in doubt

Alibaba's plans for US$15b listing in Hong Kong in doubt

Alibaba chairman Jack Ma’s manoeuvring to keep management control of the company he founded has  derailed plans for a possible US$15 billion listing of the firm’s shares in Hong Kong this year.

16 Aug 2013 - 9:02am