Yahoo is to purchase web community provider GeoCities in a stock swap valued at $3.6 billion, it was announced on January 28.
Yahoo has had a partnership with GeoCities since January 1998, when it made a $5 million stock investment in the company. The acquisition will give Yahoo members the option to establish free home pages, a portal service that competitors Infoseek and Lycos have already offered for several months. Yahoo also plans to offer its portal features such as Yahoo Clubs to GeoCities members.
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