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article imageBad news and more bad news for and from Yahoo!

By Alexander Baron     Sep 4, 2013 in Internet
Yahoo! is one of the biggest and most well-known Internet companies in the world. China has the largest population. The two have now parted company.
With its massive population, high literacy and exploding economy, what multinational company can ignore the Chinese market? Yahoo! apparently. A tiny report in yesterday's London freesheet City A.M. points out Yahoo exit Chinese web. Three short paragraphs, and that was it. The biggest Internet company by far in China is a massive but little known ecommerce outfit called Alibaba. The two have partnered for the past eight years but now for whatever reason, Yahoo! is bailing out.
That may or may not be bad news for Yahoo! shareholders, but for users of Yahoo! groups there is other, unwelcome news. Awhile ago, the company began to restructure this popular feature. The following is part of a message sent to group members from the moderator of the Lewisham Freecycle group:
Yahoo! is moving people to the Neo system gradually. Freecycle has no control over this.
When people are moved to the Yahoo! Neo system their messages to posters are showing up in the whole group, for 19000 people to see.
Members have made public their addresses, phone numbers, times out of the house etc.
The latter is the most risky.
This is partly why Lewisham Freecycle is moving back to my.freecycle on 19th September.
Visit http://my.freecycle.org to sign up.
Meanwhile, please be careful what you write in case it goes to the whole group.
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This is not the first time Yahoo! has changed its groups; originally they were Yahoo! Clubs, and many users were unhappy with the new format. A quick look around suggests will be even unhappier with the latest changes.
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