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Yahoo's Pyramid Plan Crumbles

October 12, 2006|From Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Lasers on our pyramid? No way!

Yahoo Inc. said Wednesday that it dropped plans to use Mexico's Teotihuacan archeological site for its much-hyped "time capsule" project after authorities who feared damage to the ancient ruins denied the company permission.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo launched the project this week to gather text, images and sounds submitted by visitors to its websites worldwide.

The information was to be beamed by laser into space Oct. 25 from the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, once the center of a sprawling pre-Hispanic empire, in an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life.

"We did have the permit, but Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History told us Monday night that it could not be done," Manuel Mazzanti, head of marketing at Yahoo Mexico, said Wednesday.

Mazzanti said the company was looking for another launch site for the event but had ruled out Mexico.

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