As announced in April, Yahoo China’s email services (@yahoo.com.cn and @yahoo.cn) are shutting down today. All accounts and data will be deleted.
Yahoo China is run in cooperation with Alibaba, which Tech in Asia reports is trying to convince users to adopt its Aliyun email service.
Thus closes Yahoo’s ignominious chapter as a wholly untrustworthy email provider in China. In 2007, Yahoo was sued by human rights organisations for complicity in the imprisonment of dissidents Wang Xiaoning and Shi Tao, both of whom the company helped Chinese authorities identify.
Unlike Google, which eventually chose to leave the Chinese search market rather than comply with onerous censorship requirements, Yahoo chose to remain and still operates a (filtered) Chinese search engine.
Yahoo has attracted much controversy with CEO Marissa Meyer’s spending of the company’s (substantial) war chest on useless, failing companies. Some have suggested that the company’s stake in Alibaba is the only thing keeping Yahoo stock afloat. In the second quarter of 2013, Alibaba’s reported revenue grew by 71 percent, while Yahoo’s sales dropped seven percent.
With a highly-anticipated public offering reportedly in the works, Alibaba may soon seek to wrest back complete control of the company from Yahoo, at which Meyer’s increasingly irrelevant internet giant may wish it didn’t spend $1.1 billion on a company that was haemorrhaging money.
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