BUSINESS WEEK -- Aug 26 -- Bentelhalal is a popular matrimonial site within Maktoob, the large Jordanian Internet property Yahoo! said it was acquiring on Aug 25 for what TechCrunch reported to be $85M. The purchase gives Yahoo command of one of the most visited online news portals in the Arab world, with business, finance, games, blogging, and other sites that reach an estimated 16.5M people. Maktoob is largely supported by online ads, which are expected to make up a $142M market among Arabic-speaking countries by 2011, according to Dubai-based Madar Research.
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