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Yahoo! News
Type of site
OwnerYahoo Inc.
Created byYahoo!
URLnews.yahoo.com Edit this at Wikidata
LaunchedAugust 1996; 27 years ago (1996-08)[1]
Current statusActive

Yahoo! News is a news website that originated as an internet-based news aggregator by Yahoo!. The site was created by Yahoo! software engineer Brad Clawsie in August 1996. Articles originally came from news services such as the Associated Press, Reuters, Fox News, Al Jazeera, ABC News, USA Today, CNN and BBC News.

In 2000, Yahoo! News launched pages tracking the content on the site that was most viewed and most shared by email. The "most emailed" page in particular was noted as an innovation in online news aggregation.[2] Yahoo! News allows users to comment on articles. Between late 2006 and early 2010, comments were disabled in part due to moderation challenges.[3]

By 2011, Yahoo had expanded its focus to include original content, as part of its plans to become a major media organization.[4] Veteran journalists (including Walter Shapiro and Virginia Heffernan) were hired, while the website had a correspondent in the White House press corps for the first time in February 2012.[4][5] An Amazon-owned marketing data collection company (Amazon Alexa) claimed Yahoo! News one of the world's top news sites, at this point.[6] Plans were made to add a Twitter feed.[7] In November, 2013, Yahoo hired former Today Show and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric as Global Anchor of Yahoo! News.[8] She left in 2017.[9]

On May 3, 2021, Verizon announced that the Verizon Media would be acquired by Apollo Global Management for roughly $5 billion, and would simply be known as Yahoo following the closure of the deal, with Verizon retaining a minor 10% stake in the new group. The deal was closed on September 1, 2021.[10]

Yahoo! Celebrity[edit]

Yahoo! Celebrity (as omg!) debuted on June 12, 2007,[1] with little fanfare, with the original press release being published on Yahoo!'s corporate blog.[11] Upon launch, MediaWeek reported that Yahoo is hoping to skew more toward a female demographic with omg!, and that Unilever, Pepsi, and Axiata (Celcom & XL) will be the sole official sponsors of the website. Due to heavy publicity on Yahoo's front page and with its partnerships, readership took off, with four million readers logging on to omg! in the first 19 days alone.[12] As of autumn 2007, omg! registered over eight million readers a month, and is the second most-read gossip website in the United States, ahead of People and behind TMZ.com.[12]

In December 2012, Yahoo! reached a deal with CBS Television Distribution to cross-promote its Entertainment Tonight spin-off The Insider with omg!, re-branding the show as omg! Insider.[13] In January 2014 it was announced that CBS Television Distribution was to revert the name change back to The Insider while omg! would become Yahoo! Celebrity.[14]

As part of an effort to increase reader trust, in September 2022, Yahoo! News (which aggregates articles from many other sources) acquired The Factual, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to rate the credibility of individual articles.[15]

Mobile application[edit]

Yahoo! developed an application that collects the most-read news stories from different categories for iOS and Android. The app was one of the winners of 2014 Apple Design Awards.[16]


As of January 2019, Yahoo! News ranked sixth among global news sites, ahead of Fox News and behind CNN, according to Alexa.[17]

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  2. ^ LiCalzi O'Connell, Pamela (29 January 2001). "New Economy; Yahoo Charts the Spread of the News by E-Mail, and What It Finds Out Is Itself Becoming News". New York Times.
  3. ^ Tartakoff, Joseph (3 March 2010). "Yahoo News Brings News Commenting Back". PaidContent. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b Stableford, Dylan (2012-02-01). "Yahoo News hires Olivier Knox as its first White House correspondent". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  5. ^ Byers, Dylan (2 February 2012). "Yahoo steals NY Times' Virginia Heffernan". Politico. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
  6. ^ "Top Sites by Category: News". Alexa. Archived from the original on 2017-12-27. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  7. ^ Rapaport, Lisa (2013-05-16). "Yahoo CEO Mayer Says Streaming News Will Display Tweets". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  8. ^ Gold, Hadas (25 November 2013). "Yahoo News makes Couric move official". Politico. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  9. ^ Katie Couric is ending her Yahoo interview show and departing Oath Archived August 11, 2017, at the Wayback Machine; Recode; Kara Swisher; July 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Lee, Edmund; Hirsch, Lauren (2021-05-02). "Verizon Near Deal to Sell Yahoo and AOL". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331
  11. ^ Goldman, Sibyl (2007-06-11). "Yahoo! has a new celebrity site? omg!". Yodel Anecdotal. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2008-11-16. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  12. ^ a b Hansell, Saul (2007-09-11). "OMG! Yahoo Has Copycat Gossip". BITS. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (23 October 2012). "'The Insider' Signs Deal With Yahoo's Omg!, WIll Be Renamed 'Omg! Insider'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  14. ^ Spangler, Todd (3 January 2014). "Yahoo Will Drop 'omg!' Brand from Celebrity News Site". Variety. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  15. ^ Exclusive: Yahoo buys The Factual to add news credibility ratings
  16. ^ Rose, Mike (3 June 2014). "Threes, Monument Valley and more pick up Apple Design Awards". Gamasutra. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  17. ^ [1] Archived 2017-12-27 at the Wayback Machine Alexa.

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