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Lycos, Rejuvenated, Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The high-flying Internet portal that fell to earth with a thud is making a renewed effort to improve its offerings across the board.
Lycos Inc., the high-flying Internet portal that fell to earth with a thud, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a renewed effort to improve its offerings across the board.

Lycos, which claims some 25 million users, is promoting its easy-to-use blog offerings, which feature blog and photo blog templates.

The firm also noted that it has recently launched "Tripod for Troops," a site that interacts with U.S. Army soldiers. The company said: "With Tripod for Troops, military families have access to military-themed blog and photo album templates to create online journals and post photos from digital cameras and camera phones."

Lycos is owned by Korea's Daum Communications Corp., which acquired the firm in 2004 for $95 million. Increasingly, the company is forging strong links with Asia, translating news content into Korean and Japanese.

"South Korea is a true hotbed for technology, with broadband penetration and digital technologies that are far ahead of most areas of the world, making this an ideal place to present our Wired News content," said Brian Kalinowski, Lycos chief content officer, in a statement.

Lycos operates a number of sites including Wired.com, home of Wired News.

In its 10-year time span, Lycos went from status as a darling of the technology bubble to being acquired by Spain's Telefonica for $12.5 billion. Later it was a colossal bust when the technology bubble broke.