Search engine and internet marketing services provider Yahoo! is to close several of its websites, including Buzz and AltaVista, it has been reported.

Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, said he had received confirmation from the company that the features would be "sunsetted".

In a statement provided to the publication, the group explained: "We continuously evaluate and prioritise our portfolio of products and services and do plan to shut down some products in the coming months such as Yahoo! Buzz, our traffic application programming interfaces and others."

Among the names that will disappear from the web will be AllTheWeb and AltaVista, brands acquired in Yahoo!'s takeover of Overture, as neither gets much traffic and, despite once being popular, have since been eclipsed by Google.

Mr Sullivan commented that shutting down the services "makes sense" as they do not offer anything different from the main Yahoo! engine, as all three are powered by Bing.

Yahoo! also recently confirmed it was cutting 600 jobs – amounting to around four per cent of its workforce.

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