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Yahoo builds graveyard for old email addresses

Yahoo Inc. has just launched an email graveyard.

In an attempt to compete with Google Inc.’s Gmail GOOGL, +1.85% GOOGL, +1.85% GOOG, +1.62% Yahoo YHOO, +0.78% rolled out an update to its mail services on Thursday that will aggregate emails from a user’s Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo and Outlook accounts on both mobile and desktop, allowing them to access them all through the Yahoo interface.

The announcement comes as Gmail continues to pull away from its competitors. Yahoo Mail’s monthly unique visitors on desktop and mobile fell 7% year-over-year in August to 70.1 million, while Google’s share increased 12%...