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Yahoo shuts down e-mail service in China

Originally announced in April, Yahoo Mail's exit means that Chinese users must use another service, such as Alibaba's Alimail.

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Yahoo has officially retired its e-mail service in China.

The move comes as no surprise since Yahoo announced it back in April as part of a deal with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Yahoo has been transitioning more of its key services in China to Alibaba since 2005 when it bought a chunk of the Chinese e-commerce company.

Yahoo has already been advising Yahoo Mail users in China to move to Alibaba's Aliyun e-mail service. For users who take that offer, Yahoo has promised e-mail forwarding to their new accounts until December 31, 2014.

(Via Tech in Asia)