Yahoo News Digest: Get In The Know In No Time

by Nick D’Aloisio, Product Manager, Mobile and Emerging Products

With the introduction of mobile devices, plenty of things have changed. The way we find, consume and share news has evolved. As things become more complex in nature, news consumption has become overwhelming.  That’s why today, we’re excited to introduce Yahoo News Digest for iPhone and iPod touch.

Yahoo News Digest delivers the most important news twice a day, right to your mobile device. Our Digests provide a definitive summary of all the need-to-know news so you can stay on top of what’s happening.

Remember waking up to the local morning news? Coming home to the evening news? Reading a newspaper from front to back page? These formats have been daily habits since the invention of the television and the printing press. We wanted Yahoo News Digest to revisit a content format that when read, led you to a sense of completion and conclusiveness, much like reading the newspaper did.

With Summly, we learned that people don’t necessarily have the time to read a lengthy article, especially when they have limited screen real-estate while they’re on the go. By giving powerful algorithmic summaries, we found that people were willing to consume more content when it was boiled down to the most important bits.

We’ve taken summarization to the next level with News Digest, by algorithmically and editorially selecting the important articles and using multi-document summarization to identify the key ‘bits and pieces of information’. We’ve named these bits and pieces “Atoms.”  Our Atoms assembled from around the web include articles, maps, infographics, Wikipedia extracts, videos, photos and more. Stories contain different atomic units which convey different dimensions of the story from the who, what, when, how, and why of a topic.

Once you’ve gotten through all the key stories you’ve “completed the digest” and caught up with the most important news of the day.

Our goal with the Yahoo News Digest is to make sure you’re always in the know. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

Yahoo News Digest makes your news reading experience simplified, effortless, comprehensive, and complete.  Download the app today and get in the know in no time.