Saturday, March 17, 2007


Yahoo! Inc. is an American global Internet services company. It operates an Internet portal and provides a full range of products and services including a search engine, the Yahoo! Directory and Yahoo! Mail. It was founded by Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo in January of 1994 and incorporated on March 2, 1995. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
1994 (April) - "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" is re-named "Yahoo!"

1995 (March) - Yahoo! is incorporated.

1995: Ziff Davis Inc. launches the magazine Yahoo! Internet Life, initially as ZD Internet Life. The magazine was meant to accompany and complement the web site.

1998 (June) - Yahoo! acquires Viaweb, co-founded by Paul Graham, which becomes Yahoo! Store.

1999 (January) - Yahoo! acquires Geocities.

2001 (Decemberl) - Yahoo! acquires HotJobs.

2004 (January) - Yahoo! Inc. announces the formation of Yahoo! Research Labs, a research organization focusing on the invention of new technologies and solutions for Yahoo!. Yahoo!'s Head and Principal Scientist, Dr. Gary William Flake, leads the new organization. Dr. Flake has since left the company and now works at Microsoft.

2004 (February) - Yahoo! drops Google-powered results, launching its own web-crawling algorithm and using its own site index after it had used Google's results for a long time.

2004 (March) - Yahoo! launches its own search engine technology.

2006 (December) - Yahoo! announces a significant re-organization, including the departure of Dan Rosensweig (COO), Lloyd Braun and John Marcom. Sue Decker is promoted from CFO, and other business unit shifts are made.

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