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Yahoo to keep search records for 18 months

Yahoo has made a big about-face by extending the amount of time it will keep user search records to 18 months from 90 days. Get the full story »

Yahoo unveils upgraded Web search function

Yahoo Inc has revamped its Internet search service to sense queries and showcase answers from movie listings to weather forecasts, even as users are typing in a word. Get the full story »

Yahoo 4Q revenue falls; 1Q decline expected

Yahoo Inc.’s quarterly net revenue fell 4 percent and it forecast a further slide this quarter as it struggles to revive growth in the face of intense competition from Google and Facebook.

Yahoo shares were down 4.4 percent, at $15.39, in extended trading Tuesday. Get the full story »

Yahoo cutting up to 150 more jobs

Yahoo! Inc., owner of the largest U.S. Web portal, is cutting about 1 percent of its global workforce, part of a turnaround initiative that included the elimination of about 4 percent of jobs in December. Get the full story »

Yahoo to lay off 600 workers

Yahoo is reducing its work force by 4 percent and as it hands out 600 layoff notices for the holidays.

The job cuts announced Tuesday follow weeks of speculation about whether a long-running financial funk would spur Yahoo to trim its payroll before the new year. Get the full story »

AOL mulls breakup, then merger with Yahoo

AOL Inc., undergoing a radical transformation into the king of content on the Internet, is actively exploring a breakup involving a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with Yahoo Inc., sources close to the plans told Reuters.

The plans are still in the exploratory stage and Yahoo has not been contacted, the sources said. The plans are also fraught with complications involving myriad moving pieces. Get the full story »

Groupon considering sale to Google

E-commerce coupon site Groupon Inc. is considering either selling itself to Google Inc. or going ahead with a round of fund-raising that may value it at more than $3 billion, Bloomberg reported Friday citing sources.

The two have held talks about a deal, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog  reported. Get the full story »

Yahoo to aggregate online deals, including Groupon

Yahoo! is jumping into the online deals space with a new program called Local Offers that aggregates deals from a number of companies, including Chicago-based Groupon.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said it wants to be “the largest and most comprehensive repositories of local offers on the Internet.” With the explosion of daily deal sites following Groupon’s success, a number of deal aggregator start-ups have also emerged. Yahoo! is aiming for an even broader scope by signing up companies specializing in direct mail marketing, such as Valpak. Get the full story »

New Facebook messaging takes on Google, Yahoo

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the 350 million active users daily of Facebook messaging in San Francisco, Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

In a bid to become the junction box for people’s digital communications, Facebook announced Monday it plans to launch a new communication platform intended to unify e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging and the social network’s existing message system through a single “social in-box.”

While each of the social network’s more than 500 million users will have the chance to get an e-mail address as the new service gradually rolls out to members in coming months, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the goal was not to create the world’s largest e-mail network, but to merge external e-mail, text messaging, instant messages and Facebook’s existing internal messaging service into a new kind of seamless communication system. Get the full story »

Yahoo rumored to be circling Groupon

From Business Insider | A source “close to Groupon investors” says that Yahoo is reportedly in sales talks with online daily deals site Groupon.

Report: AOL hires financial adviser for Yahoo pursuit

AOL Inc. has hired financial advisers to look into strategic options that could include a combination with Yahoo Inc., according to a newspaper report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that AOL’s advisers have been presenting various scenarios to the company about possible ways the two could combine operations. It cited unidentified people familiar with the matter. Get the full story »

AOL, firms mull bid for Yahoo

AOL Inc. and several private equity firms are exploring the possibility of buying Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

Shares of Yahoo jumped more than 9 percent on Thursday on the news, fueled by the prospect that the Internet company could be the target of a buyout by private equity firms, possibly in conjunction with another media company like AOL or News Corp. Get the full story »

Yahoo revamps e-mail, shows new products

Yahoo Inc., aiming to reverse the slide in time that people spend on its Web sites, previewed updates to several advertising and consumer products on Thursday, including a revamp of its e-mail service and additional features in its search engine.

At an event at Yahoo’s Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters, Chief Product Officer Blake Irving laid out a three-year vision for Yahoo as an “innovative technology company with the largest digital media content and communications business in the world.” Get the full story »

Google, AOL extend Web search pact

Google Inc. and AOL Inc. have agreed to extend their search partnership for five years and expanded their pact into mobile search and online video, two areas expected to grow as the media business transitions to digital communications.

The deal helps Google protect its dominant share of the fast-growing Web search business from smaller competitors,  including Microsoft Corp.  and IAC/InteractiveCorp.  Get the full story »

Yahoo in U.S. now powered by Microsoft

Microsoft is now powering the search engine on Yahoo’s Web site in the U.S. and Canada. Get the full story »