News Digest From Yahoo To Help People Stay Quickly Informed
Yahoo announced a new product,, to help people stay quickly informed on the day’s big topics by sending out twice daily updates, or digests.
The content is a curated “blend” of information, using several sources to create news stories. Yahoo calls the individual stories “atoms.” The goal of News Digest is to bring users “comprehensive, effortless, and complete” information on their world.
The product represents Yahoo’s first product built on top of Summly (Pocket sized news for iphones) to Stay Quickly Informed, a company that it purchased that had a focus on gisting information to small summaries.
As per the founder of Summly which is being acquired by Yahoo, “In true Summly fashion, I will keep this short and sweet.
I am delighted to announce Summly has signed an agreement to be acquired by Yahoo!. Our vision is to simplify how we get information and we are thrilled to continue this mission with Yahoo!’s global scale and expertise. After spending some time on campus, I discovered that Yahoo! has an inspirational goal to make people’s daily routines entertaining and meaningful, and mobile will be a central part of that vision. For us, it’s the perfect fit.
When I founded Summly at 15, I would have never imagined being in this position so suddenly. I’d personally like to thank Li Ka-Shing and Horizons Ventures for having the foresight to back a teenager pursuing his dream. Also to our investors, advisors and of course the fantastic team for believing in the potential of Summly. Without you all, this never would have been possible. I’d also like to thank my family, friends and school for supporting me.
Most importantly, thank you to our wonderful users who have helped contribute to us receiving Apple’s Best Apps of 2012 award for Intuitive Touch! We will be removing Summly from the App Store today but expect our summarization technology will soon return to multiple Yahoo! products – see this as a ‘power nap’ so to speak.
With over 90 million summaries read in just a few short months, this is just the beginning for our technology. As we move towards a more refined, liberated and intelligent mobile web, summaries will continue to help navigate through our ever expanding information universe.”
Yahoo’s own stated goal is to “give users a daily source of news that they are missing today.”
The new service fits well inside Yahoo’s new rubric of building mobile applications that help users with their daily tasks. News Digest is designed to be used at least twice daily, so it could have high resonance among its user base.
The app is live inand .