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6.18.2004

Raising the bar in the email wars 

Yahoo now offers 2 GB of mail for $20/year and 100 MB of mail free. Yahoo's paid email service includes only text ads, while its free email service includes those annoying graphical ads.

This is, of course, in response to Google's free (but still not widely available) Gmail service, which offers 1 GB of ad-supported email free. Gmail's ads are targeted (just like the ads at the top of this page) and pretty non-intrusive; they appear as a sidebar in your browser and aren't attached to your outgoing mail.

Yahoo also includes POP3 support; third-party developers have whipped together software that will do the same for Gmail.

Neither is better than having one's own domain, of course.

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