Yahoo to release IDs of inactive email accounts

Jun 12, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT
Yahoo tries to breathe life into dead pool of email accounts by offering IDs to newcomers
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is trying to breathe new life into inactive email accounts by giving away the identifications beginning next month.

The program announced Wednesday will give Web surfers an opportunity to claim a new handle that had previously been unavailable. It also represents a last chance for Yahoo users who haven't logged in for at least a year one final chance to keep the address.

Yahoo Inc. plans to release the inactive accounts unless the current owner logs in again before July 15. After that, the identifications will be available to all comers and will be ready to use again in mid-August.

The Sunnyvale, Calif., company isn't specifying how many emails are in the dead pool. A Yahoo spokeswoman predicts a substantial number of IDs will be freed up.