The bad news for Yahoo is that it’s losing users. In fact, the only major webmail provider gaining ground is Google‘s (GOOG) third-place Gmail, which is up 27% from a year ago. AOL, meanwhile, trails the field and is bleeding users at an alarming rate (down 20% over the past year).
Why does this matter? Webmail is an important anchor, tying users to a particular site, and making them more likely to turn to it for news, entertainment, search, and other applications.
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