Mar 10, 2014
Yahoo Wants to Bring Back the Newspaper by Putting It on Your Phone
Posted on Jan 7, 2014
Nick D’Aloisio was 15 when he created Summly, and he became one of the youngest millionaires ever when he sold his tech to Yahoo two years later.
On Tuesday, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, D’Aloisio jumped on Yahoo’s stage to announce the Yahoo News Digest app.
It’s a rethink on mobile news that takes much inspiration from the old media, from the morning paper to the evening news, which is surprising considering the young age of its creator.
In addition to the curation, News Digest has a stopping point, just like newspapers. You can keep scrolling past that point, but the app is designed with the sense that completing a read is satisfying. That principle runs counter to the prevailing wisdom of the Internet, but it also has a certain obvious appeal. Information overload is an issue, with more sites, devices and services competing for our attention all the time. Speaking of which, like us on Facebook.
One way in which Yahoo News Digest seems to differ from traditional papers is the depth of content. It’s difficult to imagine someone paging through the kind of long-form journalism that once distinguished the great newspapers from talking heads on television and radio. The Internet has already put content on a length diet, with attention spans shortening, and the transition to mobile devices has only exacerbated the problem.
This is something of an experiment for Yahoo, which has seen its value surge since former Google executive Marissa Mayer took over the company as CEO. The app will initially be available for the iPhone only, with a potential Android version dependent on public interest.
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