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The Yahoo! logo (1994-2013/present (Asia)) (purple variant (1994-1995 and 2009-2013/present (China/Korea)))
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1994-2013/present (Asia) favicon logo on the purple circle (2009-2013/present (China/Korea)).
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The Yahoo! logo (2013-present).

Yahoo! is a web portal and an internet content and service provider. It is known for its many products and services, such as their search engine, e-mail, instant messaging, and video, but also contents their products in news, weather forecasting, money and other information. Yahoo! makes money from advertisements in their services.

History and growth

Early history (1994–1999)

In January 1994, Jerry Yang and David Filo were Electrical Engineering graduate students at Stanford University. In April 1994, "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" was renamed "Yahoo!", for which the official backronym is "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle". Filo and Yang said they selected the name because they liked the word's general meaning, which comes from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift: "rude, unsophisticated and uncouth". Its URL was

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