Yahoo China to end email service

Apr 19, 2013
Pedestrians walk past a billboard of Yahoo in Beijing on November 14, 2007. Yahoo's China arm will shut down its email service later this year, state media reported Friday, in a move illustrating the brand's diminishing profile in the country.

Yahoo's China arm will shut down its email service later this year, state media reported Friday, in a move illustrating the brand's diminishing profile in the country.

Yahoo China announced it will close its email service by August 19, a move the said will leave it with just its web portal business in the country.

Users of the service were informed that they must register with AliCloud, a unit of Chinese e-commerce giant , to prevent emails and other information from being deleted when Yahoo's stops.

Yahoo China has been operated by Alibaba since 2005, the paper said.

The US Internet giant Yahoo! has come under criticism in the past over its business in China, with executives apologising in 2007 for providing evidence that used to convict government critics.

The company said it was legally obliged to divulge information about its users to the Chinese government but that it was unaware it would be used to convict dissidents.

The end of the service will affect millions of users, the paper quoted Alibaba public relations official Zhang Jianhua as saying, though he did not have a total figure.

The China Daily quoted Zhang as saying that the move was because "we are not sure how long we can provide the email service under Yahoo's current technological structure".

In September, Alibaba Group Holding Limited announced that it has bought back billions of dollars worth of stock from Yahoo!, by completing an initial repurchase of shares from the US company and other transactions valued at approximately $7.6 billion.

The move partly fulfilled a previous deal that Yahoo! would sell back its 40 percent stake in Alibaba.

Yahoo China and Alibaba could not immediately be reached for comment.

Users of China's -like microblogs expressed anger at the news.

A post under the name "Lisa's paw" said: "How can they do this? All of sudden can't be logged onto and everything was moved to AliCloud. Did you ask for users' opinions?"

Explore further: Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 characters (Update)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

China grants Alibaba payment system license

May 26, 2011

(AP) -- An online payment system founded by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group was granted a government license, the company said Thursday, following an ownership change that rattled investors in partner Yahoo Inc.

China fund may help Alibaba in Yahoo! bid: report

May 25, 2012

China Investment Corporation is in advanced talks to add up to $2 billion to the Alibaba Internet Group's efforts to buy back a stake from struggling Internet pioneer Yahoo!, the New York Times reported.

Yahoo! shares drop as Alibaba service spins off

May 12, 2011

Yahoo! stock sank on news that Alibaba has spun its online payment business out of reach of the US Internet pioneer, which owns a large stake in China's leading online search service.

Alibaba chief 'interested' in buying Yahoo!

Oct 03, 2011

The head of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba is "interested" in buying Yahoo! and has been approached by private equity firms and other groups about doing a deal, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Yahoo to sell half of its Alibaba stake for $7.1B (Update)

May 21, 2012

(AP) -- Struggling Internet company Yahoo Inc. has secured a lifeline after agreeing to sell half of its prized stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about $7.1 billion, with most of the cash going to shareholders.

Recommended for you

China's Alibaba plans IPO for week of September 8

2 hours ago

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to hold its initial public offering on the US stock market the week of September 8, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Tablet sales slow as PCs find footing

3 hours ago

Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC).

Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba (Update)

Aug 29, 2014

China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture Friday in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba Group ahead of its U.S. stock offering.

User comments : 0