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AltaVista's uphill climb

Even with its acquisition by CMGI, AltaVista's fate remains uncertain. But with the portal's march toward branding itself to a wider audience, analysts say it is likely to persevere.

 

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Even with its acquisition by CMGI, AltaVista's fate remains uncertain. But with the portal's march toward branding itself to a wider audience, analysts say it is likely to persevere.

"They are competitors, and it makes sense for CMGI over time to reduce its stake in Lycos."

- Abhishek Gami, equities analyst, William Blair

 


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