Yahoo is changing its home page to add links to outside sites for the first time as part of its move toward more openness and focus on being the front door to the Internet for most people.
The company "turned on" its new main page to the general public on Thursday. It looks the same, except the items in the Featured section in the center of the page now include links to news and other items located on outside sites. The items are chosen by editors.
In testing, the site has linked to The Wall Street Journal, NASA, Forbes, Time, among others, but could link to any site on the Web. To avoid overwhelming smaller sites with traffic Yahoo may feature them as related links instead of using them as the main story, says Tapan Bhat, vice president of front doors at Yahoo.
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