In February 2008, Microsoft Corporation made an unsolicited bid to acquire Yahoo for .6 billion.Yahoo formally rejected the bid, claiming that it "substantially undervalues" the company and was not in the interest of its shareholders.It is globally known for its Web portal, search engine Yahoo! The term "hierarchical" described how the Yahoo database was arranged in layers of subcategories.

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Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, told the Washington Post that sometimes, "the single best thing you can do ...

is sell the company." The deal excludes its 15% stake in Alibaba Group and 35.5% stake in Yahoo!

Yahoo was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 2, 1995. Japan) for $4.8 billion—the company was once worth over $100 billion.

) is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. is the highest-read news and media website, with over 7 billion views per month, being the sixth most visited website globally, As of 28 December 2016 and on July 25, 2016 Verizon Communications announced its intent to acquire Yahoo's internet business (excluding its stakes in Alibaba Group and Yahoo!

Japan; following the completion of the acquisition, these assets will be retained under the name Altaba, while Mayer and most of the current executive staff would step down.

On December 14, 2016, the company revealed that another separate data breach had occurred in 2014, with hackers obtaining sensitive account information, including security questions, to at least one billion accounts.

In response to Google's Gmail, Yahoo began to offer unlimited email storage in 2007.

The company struggled through 2008, with several large layoffs.

Three years later Yahoo had a market capitalization of .24 billion.