Yahoo! NEWS

Yahoo News is one of the first news search services. It was developed by Yahoo! co-founder Brad Clawsie. It was launched in August 1996 as an aggregated news site.

In the Yahoo! Daily News section, Reuters was the primary provider of content. This was followed by news services such as AP, Business Wire and PR Newswire, as well as news websites. From 1998, content was provided by international news agencies such as AFP and the German Press Agency (DPA). The initial focus was on aggregating the content of news agencies.

In 2004, Yahoo! acquired the Norwegian AlltheWeb, developed by FAST Search & Transfer. In 2006, Yahoo! launched a strategic partnership with more than 150 US daily newspapers to deliver search, graphics and classified ads to consumers.

In 2011, Yahoo! also began producing its own news content. It hired veteran journalists (including Walter Shapiro and Virginia Heffernan), and in February 2012 the site had its first correspondent in the White House press corps.

In 2014, Yahoo! developed an application that collects the most read news from different categories for iOS and Android. In January 2019, Alexa ranked Yahoo! News among the leading global news sites, ranking it sixth, ahead of Fox News and behind CNN.

Language Multilingual

Launched August 1996
Closed No

Developer Brad Clawsie

Country of Origin US America

1996 - [...] Yahoo Inc

Topic News SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
News Site Search // News Aggregator
Feed aggregator
Federated Search

Used SeEn Yahoo News

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Lars Vage & Lars Iselid (2010): »Starting from 1996, it added several other services to complement its immensely popular web directory. Its Yahoo! Daily News section initially offered content mainly from Reuters. During succeeding years it added more sources, including wires like AP, Business Wire and PR Newswire, and also some news websites. In 1998 it began to include content from international wires like AFP and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). It remained a limited wire-oriented search engine, but this changed when, through a chain of company acquisitions, Yahoo! gained possession of the powerful Norwegian search engine AlltheWeb, created by FAST Search & Transfer. « Source

Wikipedia: »Yahoo! News is a news website that originated as an internet-based news aggregator by Yahoo!. The site was created by a Yahoo! software engineer named Brad Clawsie in August of 1996. Articles originally came from news services such as the Associated Press, Reuters, Fox News, Al Jazeera, ABC News, USA Today, CNN and BBC News.

In 2001, Yahoo! News launched the first "most-emailed" page on the web. It was well-received as an innovative idea, expanding people's understanding of the impact that online news sources have on news consumption. Yahoo allowed comments for news articles until December 19, 2006, when commentary was disabled. Comments were re-enabled on March 2, 2010.

By 2011, Yahoo had expanded its focus to include original content, as part of its plans to become a major media organization. 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. An Amazon-owned marketing data collection company (Alexa) claimed Yahoo! News one of the world's top news sites, at this point.Plans were made to add a Twitter feed. In November, 2013, Yahoo hired former Today Show and CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric as Global Anchor of Yahoo! News.

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.

As of January 2019, Yahoo! News ranked sixth among global news sites, ahead of Fox News and behind CNN, according to Alexa. « Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

In the settings, the user can create search preferences such as language, filter or number of results per page as well as a search alert and view previous queries in the search history and send them again with a click (kd2019).


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):!_News
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Yahoo! Company Timeline URL:
Lars Vage & Lars Iselid (2010): News Search, Blogs and Feeds URL:
PR (Nov 20, 2006): Yahoo! Forms Strategic Partnership with Consortium of More Than 150 Newspapers Across the U.S. URL:

Created: 2013-02-19