Timeline of events for Yahoo!

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Timeline of major events for Yahoo!.

  • January 1994: Jerry Yang and David Filo create "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" while studying at Stanford University.
  • April 1994: "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" is renamed "Yahoo"
  • March 1995: 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 website.
  • April 12, 1996: Yahoo has Initial public offering, closing at $33.00, up 270% from the IPO price, after peaking at $43.00 for the day.
  • October 8, 1997: Yahoo! acquires Four11, and Four11's Rocketmail service becomes Yahoo! Mail.
  • June 8, 1998: Yahoo acquires Viaweb, co-founded by Paul Graham, which becomes Yahoo Store.
  • October 12, 1998: Yahoo acquires direct marketing company Yoyodyne Entertainment, Inc.[1]
  • January 28, 1999: Yahoo acquires Geocities.
  • April 1, 1999: Yahoo acquires Broadcast.com.
  • January 3, 2000: Yahoo stocks close at an all-time high of $475.00 (pre-split price) a share. The day before, it hit an intra-day high of $500.13 (pre-split price).
  • January 19, 2000: At the height of the Dot-com tech bubble, shares in Yahoo Japan became the first stocks in Japanese history to trade at over ¥100,000,000, reaching a price of 101.4 million yen ($962,140 at that time).[2]
  • February 7, 2000: Yahoo.com was brought to a halt for a few hours as it was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).[3][4] On the next day, its shares rose about $16, or 4.5 percent as the failure was blamed on hackers rather than on an internal glitch, unlike a fault with eBay earlier that year.
  • May 22, 2000: A French judge LICRA_v._Yahoo ordered Yahoo to ban Nazi-related sites from its search engine, and to stop to act as an intermediary on bids for objects with racist overtones. Yahoo denied the French court's jurisdiction over a United States based company, and the tribunal's requests were finally abandoned in 2003. Yahoo eventually quit voluntarily trading on Nazi and Ku Klux Klan bibelots.[5][6]
  • June 28, 2000: Yahoo acquires eGroups.
  • March 7, 2001: Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle announces he will step down and remain only a company board member.
  • April 17, 2001: Terry Semel announced as the new Yahoo CEO.
  • September 26, 2001 Yahoo stocks close at an all-time low of $8.11. The day before, it hit an intra-day low of $8.02 (both figures are pre-split prices).
  • October 2001: Yahoo! acquires Australian online auction site Sold.com from Fairfax Media for $30 million
  • December 27, 2001: Yahoo acquires HotJobs.
  • January 22, 2001: Yahoo! acquires Hotjobs for $436 million
  • June 3, 2002: SBC and Yahoo Launch National Co-Branded Dial Service -- Press Release
  • December 2002: Yahoo Inc. starts acquisition of Inktomi Web search engine
  • July, 2003: BT Openworld announces an alliance with Yahoo -- Press Release
  • July 2003, Yahoo acquires Overture Services, Inc.
  • January 19, 2004: 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.
  • February 19, 2004: 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.
  • March 2004: Yahoo launches its own search engine technology.
  • March 1, 2004: Yahoo announces (as cited in the New York Times article listed in the "References" section) that it will practice paid inclusion for its search service. However, it also announced it would continue to rely mainly on a free web crawl for most of its search engine content.
  • March 25, 2004: Yahoo acquires the European shopping search engine Kelkoo.
  • July 9, 2004 Yahoo acquires email provider Oddpost.[7]
  • November 4, 2004: Yahoo acquires game platform provider Stadeon.
  • December 15, 2004: Yahoo launches beta version of its video search engine.
  • February 9, 2005 Yahoo Launch is changed to Yahoo Music, which still provides free music.
  • February 15, 2005 Yahoo establishes its European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland with the creation of 400 new jobs.[8]
  • February 28, 2005 Yahoo launches a developer network giving an API to most of its search verticals.
  • March 2, 2005 Yahoo completes 10 years of corporate existence. To celebrate this, it gives free ice cream coupons at Baskin Robbins to its users.
  • March 20, 2005 Yahoo acquires photo sharing service Flickr.
  • March 29, 2005 Yahoo launch blogging and social networking service Yahoo! 360°
  • April 7, 2005 Wikimedia Foundation announces Yahoo support.[9]
  • May 26, 2005 Yahoo announces its new PhotoMail service
  • June 14, 2005 Yahoo acquires VoIP provider DialPad Communications.
  • July 15, 2005 Yahoo announces Yahoo! Research Berkeley
  • July 25, 2005 Yahoo acquires widget engine Konfabulator
  • August 11, 2005 Yahoo acquires 40% of Alibaba.com for $1 billion US, and Alibaba will take over operation of Yahoo China.[10]
  • August 23, 2005: Verizon and Yahoo Launch Integrated DSL Service -- [11]
  • September 7, 2005. Yahoo supplies information to People's Republic of China which then jails reporter Shi Tao, age 37, for 10 years. Yahoo states that they were following Chinese law.[12]
  • October 4, 2005 Yahoo purchases online social event calendar Upcoming.org.[13]
  • October 17, 2005 Yahoo buys British company Whereonearth Ltd which provides location technology.
  • November 15, 2005 The sports section of My Yahoo is hacked; titles such as "selfhood + conscience" and "aesthetic freedom" link to various pages at doublereflection.org.
  • December 1, 2005 - Tivo and Yahoo form a partnership where several Yahoo features can be viewed on television via the Series2 TiVO set top box. [3], [4]
  • December 8/ (US time) 9, (Australian time) 2005 Yahoo!7 announced for January 2006. Official Site
  • December 9, 2005 Yahoo acquires del.icio.us.
  • January 9, 2006 Yahoo acquires webjay
  • January 2006: Yahoo! announces 50:50 joint venture in Australia with the Seven Network, called Yahoo!7. Official Site
  • February 12, 2006 Yahoo Developer Network PHP Center launched.
  • May 1, 2006 Yahoo launches Yahoo Tech.
  • August 31, 2006 Yahoo retires former frontpage.
  • September 27, 2006 Yahoo acquires online video editing site Jumpcut.
  • September 29 to September 30, 2006 Yahoo hosts an Open Hack Day (external site), featuring a musical performance by Beck
  • December 5, 2006 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.
  • December 13, 2006: Yahoo! announces Yahoo!Xtra, a joint venture in New Zealand between its Australian JV, Yahoo!7, and Telecom NZ.
  • January 8, 2007 Yahoo acquires MyBlogLog.[14]
  • February 5, 2007 Yahoo launches a new search advertising system Panama.[15]
  • March 1, 2007 Localised New Zealand internet portal, Yahoo!Xtra, launches. Official Site
  • March 2007: Yahoo! acquires Taiwan blogging site wretch.cc
  • April 30, 2007 Yahoo! announces acquisition of Right Media.
  • June 16, 2007 Yahoo! officially retires the Yahoo! Auctions service.[auctions.yahoo.com], except in some parts of Asia
  • June 18, 2007 Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang, replaces Terry Semel as CEO.[16]
  • June 20, 2007 Yahoo! agrees to acquire Rivals.com. [17]
  • June 28, 2007 Yahoo! UK/Ireland online auctions closes, Yahoo! referring instead to eBay.
  • July 18, 2007 Yahoo acquires 35% stake in an Indian online ad company Tyroo Media Pvt ltd.
  • August 20, 2007 Yahoo! had started to shutdown Yahoo! Photos due to the fact that Flickr is now a Yahoo property. Shutdown was completed on September 20, 2007.
  • August 27, 2007 Yahoo adds SMS features (texting), IM to e-mail
  • September 4, 2007 Yahoo announces acquisition of BlueLithium, a company founded by industry pioneer Gurbaksh Chahal
  • February 1, 2008 Microsoft makes $44.6 Billion dollar bid for Yahoo![5]
  • February 4, 2008 Yahoo! Acquires FoxyTunes [18]
  • February 4, 2008 Yahoo! and Rhapsody Announce Strategic Partnership In Digital Music. [19]
  • February 12, 2008 Yahoo! Acquires Maven Networks, Inc. [20]
  • February 12, 2008 Yahoo! and T-Mobile Agree to Enter Into Strategic Partnership. [21]
  • August 2008: Yahoo! acquires Taiwan ecommerce site Monday.com.tw
  • November 17, 2008 Yahoo! co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang steps down as CEO just 18 months after he took over. [22]
  • January 13, 2009 Carol Bartz joins Yahoo! as new CEO. [23]

References

  1. http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,15555,00.html Wired.com
  2. http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/print.php/289851 Internetnews
  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/635444.stm news.bbc.co.uk
  4. http://news.com.com/2100-1023-236621.html?legacy=cnet news.bbc.com
  5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/760782.stm News.bbc.co.uk Retrieved on 05-01-07
  6. http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,36518,00.html Wired.com Retrieved on 05-01-07
  7. http://oddpost.com/yahoo.html Oddpost.com Retrieved on 05-02-07
  8. http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Yahoo_chooses_Dublin_as_location_of_new_European_Headquarters En.wikinews.org Retrieved on 05-03-07
  9. http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimedia_announces_Yahoo_support Wikimediafoundation.org Retrieved on 05-02-07
  10. http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,68497,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_5 Wired.com Retrieved on 05-02-07
  11. Press Release http://newscenter.verizon.com/proactive/newsroom/release.vtml?id=92803 Press Release Newscenter.verizon.com
  12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4221538.stm News.bbc.co.uk
  13. http://www.waxy.org/archive/2005/10/04/yahoo_an.shtml Waxy.org Retrieved on 05-03-07
  14. Yodel Anecdotal » Blog Archive » Bloggers unite! Yahoo! joins forces with MyBlogLog
  15. New Panama Ranking System For Yahoo Ads Launches Today
  16. Yahoo CEO | Search Engine Marketing : Darin Carter
  17. Yodel Anecdotal » Blog Archive » Listen up, (college) sports fans …
  18. Yahoo! Acquires FoxyTunes [SearchEngineWatch]
  19. Yahoo! and Rhapsody Announce Strategic Partnership In Digital Music
  20. Yahoo! Acquires Maven Networks, Inc.
  21. Yahoo! and T-Mobile Agree to Enter Into Strategic Partnership
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