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Yahoo buys Arabic Web portal

Peter Sayer | Aug. 26, 2009
With Maktoob's help, Yahoo plans to offer Arabic versions of services including Yahoo Mail and Messenger

The company has learned important lessons from its experience in emerging markets, he wrote, and is "committed to responsible global engagement," a reference accompanied by a link to the Yahoo Business and Human Rights Program, launched in May 2008.

Some of those lessons were learned in 2006, the year a civil rights group accused Yahoo of divulging information to the Chinese authorities that had lead to the conviction of a Chinese writer on charges of incitement to subvert state power. Later that year, another Chinese journalist sued Yahoo for providing authorities with evidence of his Internet usage that, he said, had helped land him in jail.


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