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Yahoo Upgrades Mail Service as Mayer Targets Google

Yahoo! Inc. unveiled new features and a graphics-rich design to its mail website and mobile applications as Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer steps up competition with Google Inc.

The revamped site lets users customize their Yahoo mail inboxes with background colors and images from the Flickr photo service, and see conversation threads and attachments more easily, Jeff Bonforte, senior vice president of communication products, said in an interview. The updates also applied to Yahoo’s mail apps for Apple Inc.’s iPhones and iPads, Google’s Android phones and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 devices.