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Yahoo today announced a change that makes it a little easier to find the names and email addresses you want to contact in Yahoo Mail. The Contacts section of Yahoo Mail on desktop now lets users type in their email addresses for more than 200 email service providers in order to access their contacts and import them into Yahoo Mail.
Until this point, Yahoo only let users pull in contacts from Google’s Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, and a second Yahoo account, Yahoo senior product manager Sumeet Solanki wrote in a Tumblr post. Yahoo isn’t providing the full list of all of the newly supported services, but Solanki does call out AOL, Apple’s iCloud, Comcast, and Mail.ru.
The move comes a few weeks after Reuters reported that Yahoo scanned emails from hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts following a government request. A few weeks before that, Yahoo disclosed that it believed a “state-sponsored actor” was behind theft of data from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts.
Presumably, Yahoo wants to make it as easy as possible for people to stick with Yahoo Mail and eliminate any possible reasons to them to abandon their accounts. Last year, Yahoo made a similar effort: It started letting people use Yahoo Mail to manage their Gmail inboxes right alongside Yahoo Mail inboxes.
Verizon announced its plan to buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion in July.
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