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Verizon is offloading AOL and Yahoo for a fraction of what it paid


Recap: AOL and Yahoo were among the most recognizable brands on the web during their respective peaks in the mid-1990s but as they say, nothing lasts forever, especially in the fast-paced world of technology.

Internet pioneers AOL and Yahoo are changing hands one again.

Verizon has announced it is selling its Verizon Media arm to “funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc.” in a deal valued at $5 billion. Verizon Media includes the aforementioned AOL and Yahoo brands as well as Verizon’s ad tech and media platform businesses.

Verizon, if you recall, purchased AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015 before spending $4.48 billion to scoop up Yahoo the following year. It then rolled the two businesses into a single division called Oath that never gained much traction. It was later renamed as Verizon Media Group.

Apollo is a global investment management firm that owns several ...


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