Yahoo! News

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Yahoo News
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
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Owner Yahoo
Created by Yahoo
Current status Active

Yahoo News originated as a pure Internet-based news aggregator by Yahoo. It categorized news into "Top Stories", "U.S. National", "World", "Business", "Entertainment", "Science", "Health", "Weather", "Most Popular", "News Photos", "Op/Ed", and "Local News," a format it still largely uses today.

Articles in Yahoo News originally came from news services, such as Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Fox News, ABC News, NPR, USA Today,, CBC News, Seven News, and BBC News.

In 2001, Yahoo News launched the first "most-emailed" page on the web.[1] The idea was created and implemented by Yahoo software engineer Tony Tam.[2]

Yahoo allowed comments for news articles until December 19, 2006, when commentary was disabled. Comments were re-enabled on March 2, 2010.[3] Comments were temporarily disabled between December 10, 2011, and December 15, 2011, due to glitches.[citation needed]

In June 2011, Yahoo News was rebuilt using an internal content management system called the Yahoo Publishing Platform.[4] The same platform now powers Yahoo News in the following regions and languages: Argentina,[5] Brazil,[6] Canada,[7] English,[8] Chile,[9] Colombia,[10] Mexico,[11] Peru,[12] Spanish (US),[13] English (US),[14] Venezuela,[15] Hong Kong,[16] English (India),[17] Marathi,[18] Tamil,[19] Indonesia,[20] Malaysia,[21] Philippines,[22] Singapore,[23] Taiwan,[24] France,[25] Germany,[26] Italy,[27] Spain,[28] and the United Kingdom.[29]

Since 2011, Yahoo has expanded its focus to include original content, as part of its plans to become a major media organization.[30] 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.[30][31] Alexa lists Yahoo News as one of the world's top news sites.[32]

On August 29, 2012, Yahoo News fired Washington bureau chief David Chalian after he made a disparaging comment about Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. With Hurricane Isaac entering Louisiana, Chalian suggested that "They're not concerned at all. They're happy to have a party with black people drowning".[33]

According to an interview with Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer Yahoo News will start displaying Twitter updates alongside news on both Desktop and Mobile in the United States in May 2013.[34]

In November 2013, Mayer announced Yahoo had hired former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric as Global Anchor of Yahoo News.[35]

Yahoo! Celebrity

Yahoo! Celebrity as omg! debuted in June 2007 with little fanfare, with the original press release being published on Yahoo!'s corporate blog.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] 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[38]

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.[39]

In January, 2014 it was announced that CBS Television Distribution was to revert the name change back to The Insider while omg! changes its name to Yahoo! Celebrity.

Mobile application

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.[40]


As of November 2014, Yahoo News ranked second among global news sites, after and ahead of CNN, according to Alexa.[41]


  1. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Tam, Tony (3 December 2007). "Most E-Mailed News: 7 Years Ago".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Tartakoff, Joseph (3 March 2010). "Yahoo News Brings News Commenting Back". PaidContent. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Y! News: An Inside Look at Rebuilding the Largest News Site on the Web
  5. Argentina
  6. Brazil
  7. French
  8. English
  9. Chile
  10. Colombia
  11. Mexico
  12. Peru
  13. Spanish
  14. English
  15. Venezuela
  16. Hong Kong
  17. English
  18. Marathi
  19. Tamil
  20. Indonesia
  21. Malaysia
  22. Philippines
  23. Singapore
  24. Taiwan
  25. France
  26. Germany
  27. Italy
  28. Spain
  29. United Kingdom
  30. 30.0 30.1 Stableford, Dylan (2012-02-01). "Yahoo News hires Olivier Knox as its first White House correspondent". Yahoo News. Retrieved 2012-02-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  31. Byers, Dylan (2 February 2012). "Yahoo steals NY Times' Virginia Heffernan". Politico. Retrieved 2012-02-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  32. "Top Sites by Category: News". Alexa. Retrieved 2013-07-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  33. [1] Politico Published 29 Aug 2012.
  34. Rapaport, Lisa (2013-05-16). "Yahoo CEO Mayer Says Streaming News Will Display Tweets". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-07-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  35. Gold, Hadas. "Yahoo News makes Couric move official". Politico. Retrieved 25 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  36. Goldman, Sibyl (2007-06-11). "Yahoo! has a new celebrity site? omg!". Yodel Anecdotal. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  37. Shields, Mike (2007-06-11). "omg! Yahoo Launches Celeb Channel". MediaWeek. Retrieved 2008-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  38. 38.0 38.1 Hansell, Saul (2007-09-11). "OMG! Yahoo Has Copycat Gossip". BITS. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  39. Andreeva, Nellie. "'The Insider' Signs Deal With Yahoo's Omg!, WIll Be Renamed 'Omg! Insider'". Retrieved 2012-10-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  40. Rose, Mike (3 June 2014). "Threes, Monument Valley and more pick up Apple Design Awards". Gamasutra. UBM TechWeb. Retrieved 3 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  41. [2] Alexa.

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