People seek out news to make decisions. Yahoo simply does it better. Google has some automated alerts but any business leader knows you need more than alerts on topics that may fit your enterprise. Same goes for other decision makers and people who use news services. Yahoo simply does it better. Not just from the consolidation phase but useability. Everything from My.yahoo.com to RSS to there TUBES and other pieces let me use Yahoo News much better (and more reliably than google). Google is catching up but still relying on technology to do what humans do better - interpret & categorize and the yahoo service simply feel more "human" for lack of better word. More character, more visual, more integrated, more readily available, easy to find and easy to digest. Not requiring someone to understand logic/queries/pittifull interface design.
Not to mention Yahoo news has better syndication and partners that allow me to contribute to it better without it being some black box. I can write a press release and know where it stands on Yahoos wire - without being a Google geek and all things google who the heck knows how Google will run with it. While its often there because of the SEO tactics of companies that run the wires its not as straight forward as that easy to use yahoo news
I didn't say you said anything, the general consensus was gmail only had its tiny market share because of less time in existance. By that logic yahoo's market share would be that of googles or at least closer to it. If gmail is really that much better where is the marketshare and how does age have any impact like others have stated?
Gmail is 3 this april. Its traction is simply not what people expected. Perhaps Yahoo mail simply fits how people use email. Whats so hard to accept about that?
Whats the difference? Google is built entirely on intertia, otherwise they're 80x over stated. Yahoo has peaked, google hasn't. Inertia means zilch if you don't have traction and that is where the Y! director is making the connection for its not simply providing the service but making people part of it.
People read yahoo news, play yahoo games, subscribe to yahoo groups, find hotjobs, search for autos, shop their malls and so much more that google doesn't do and wants to do so badly but thinks "computerized search" will solve.
Technology doesn't solve everything and one day google will find out. Its all about people and creating a service they will use and you can't take that away from Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, yahoo news or any of the other Y!, MSN services or competitor Services that keep users involved.