Verizon new Yahoo owner

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 25, 2016

Verizon and Yahoo announced today that Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for "approximately $4.83 billion [US Dollar] in cash".

The acquisition marks the end of Yahoo's independence, and moves core assets under the Verizon umbrella.

Verizon, which acquired AOL last year, controls several key Internet properties already including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, and

Verizon will acquire the Yahoo brand name as well as core web, mobile and other products of Yahoo's operating business.

This includes Yahoo Finance, News and Sports, Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Search, Tumblr, Flickr, and a variety of smaller properties.

Verizon new Yahoo owner

Verizon plans to integrate Yahoo's assets under the AOL umbrella. What's probably most interesting from a user perspective is the outlook for individual Yahoo products.

Will Verizon keep them all? Will some be sold to other companies, or some even retired completely?

While Verizon or Aol did not make any mention of plans to retire or sell Yahoo assets, it seems likely that the company will have a good hard look at all Yahoo properties.

One possible strategy would be to retire products that are not lucrative, not promising or simply don't match the overall strategy of Verizon's content strategy.

Yahoo Search for instance might be one of the assets that may get handed over to another company. Aol Search for instance is powered by Bing already. On the other hand, there is the matter of Yahoo's Search deal with Mozilla, makers of Firefox. Yahoo agreed to pay Mozilla $375 million per year until 2019 for becoming the default US search engine of the browser.

The contract signed gives Mozilla the right to leave the partnership in case that Yahoo got sold to another company and Mozilla would find the new owner / partner unacceptable. Additionally, Yahoo would still have to pay Mozilla the annual revenue guarantees.

It seems likely that some Yahoo products will be merged with AOL offerings. Yahoo Tech seems a likely candidate for that for instance, as both TechCrunch and Engadget operate in that niche already.


Additionally, it will be interesting to see if Verizon will announce changes for some of the products that it plans to keep. Will it change the content policy on Tumblr for instance, or merge some Yahoo platforms with platforms it already owns?

It seems likely that there will be changes for some of the products at the very least. The most likely candidates for that are products not mentioned in the press release specifically. This includes Tumblr and Flickr, Yahoo Messenger and Search.

Now You: What's your take on the deal? Which Yahoo properties will Verizon sell off or retire?

Verizon new Yahoo owner
Article Name
Verizon new Yahoo owner
Verizon and Yahoo announced today that Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for "approximately $4.83 billion [US Dollar] in cash".
Ghacks Technology News

Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.