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Marissa Mayer to quit following Verizon takeover, but Yahoo isn’t dead

Verizon is moving forward with a $4.8 billion (£4 billion) deal to acquire Yahoo, which will see Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer step down and the company rename itself to Altaba Inc.

The internet firm has sold its core digital service to Verizon, including its digital advertising, email, websites, mobile apps, and other media assets.

Verizon is expected to keep the Yahoo brand, though the US telecoms firm is re-examining the terms of the deal after Yahoo last year disclosed two data breaches.

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The first of these breaches involved 500 million customer accounts, while the second involved more than a biliion, with Verizon not yet ruling out calling off the deal (via Reuters).

A regulatory filing from Yahoo reveals that five Yahoo directors would also resign if and when the deal is finalised, while the remaining directors would oversee the new Altaba Inc firm.

Altaba would function as a holding company with a 15% stake in Chinese company Alibaba, and a 35.5% stake in Yahoo Japan. Together these holdings are said to be worth more than $40 billion (£33 billion).

Mayer has led Yahoo since 2012, and the company still has hundreds of millions of users despite struggling to keep up with rivals such as Google.

The company was once an internet giant, but was overtaken by other large online companies such as Google and Amazon.

Yahoo has an earnings call scheduled for later this month when more details about how the data breaches might affect the deal are likely to emerge.

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