By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-06-15 Print this article Print

. 1"> Yahoo is second only to AOL in the list of top telecom/Internet services sites, according to Nielsen/NetRatings April ranking of unique visitors. But as far as free e-mail goes, Yahoo rules. Yahoo operates the Webs most popular e-mail service, with 40.4 million unique visitors to the service in April, according to Nielsen/NetRatings. Hotmail is in close pursuit, clocking in at 34 million unique users for the same period.
But the archrival thats really behind Yahoos jerkily executed upgrade is Google Inc. In April, the uber search site filed paperwork for its greatly anticipated initial public offering, which was expected to raise as much as $2.7 billion.
That same month, Google unveiled plans to offer 1GB of storage capacity—the equivalent of 500,000 pages of free e-mail per user— through its Gmail service. That service is still undergoing testing. Columnist John Pallatto thinks that when it comes to Googles IPO, we should learn from past dot-com hysteria. Click here to read more. Yahoo has been busily trying to scrape Google out of its system for months: In February, it replaced Google Web search technology with its own. As of this storys posting, Yahoos site performance was still impaired. Editors Note: This story was updated to include a comment from a Yahoo spokeswoman and to correct Nielsen/NetRating figures. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging & Collaboration Center at for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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