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Yahoo! Turns 20 With a Yodel

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    The Nasdaq bell yodeled on Monday in honor of Yahoo's 20th anniversary. CFO Ken Goldman said "we're thrilled." (Published Monday, March 2, 2015)

    Sunnyvale-based Yahoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, and the employees — and the Nasdaq bell in New York — are yodeling for joy.

    "We're thrilled," CFO Ken Goldman said before the Nasdaq yodeled, not rang, before the opening bell, a first on the New York stock exchange floor, according to Yahoo.

    He said the Silicon Valley company has come a long way since being house in a construction trailer on the campus of Stanford University, saying it's now a "global tech company" with more than 1 billion customers.

    It was in 1994 that Jerry Yang and David Filo, two Stanford University electrical engineers debuted "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web," according to — where else? — but Yahoo News.

    In its first iteration, the site was a directory other pages on the web, organized in a hierarchy.

    The pair renamed it Yahoo, an acronym for, "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle," and on March 2, 1995, it was incorporated. The search engine is no long the leader in search engine capability or email. But it does have a growing news site, and it’s now headed by CEO Marissa Mayer.

    To mark the #YodelOn festivites, a customized Yahoo Y20 animation took over the Nasdaq billboard in New York Times Square, and in San Francisco, City Hall will light up in the company's favorite color: purple.

    At lunchtime, Yahoo employees will link up online to try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous yodel.

    Click here to see what 20 Internet words didn't exist before Yahoo launched.