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Yahoo launches Summly app for iPhone

22 Apr 2013

Yahoo has launched an iPhone app for Summly in less than a month after its purchase of the newsfeed firm.

Summly was bought from Yahoo for $30m late last March. The company's technology paraphrases news articles for consumption on mobile devices. Yahoo's acquisition of the firm made headlines because the company was started by a UK teenager two years ago.

"We acquired Summly less than a month ago, and we're thrilled to introduce this game-changing technology in our first mobile application," said Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer.

"And, with the immersive imagery of our virtually endless newsfeed, the new Yahoo app has both great technology and beautiful design front and centre."

With the launch Yahoo has paired its pre-existing features with Summly. The Yahoo app lets users search for news topics they are interested in and displays summarised versions of chosen articles.

The app will also feature Yahoo's recently announced endless newsfeed. Endless newsfeed gives Yahoo users a live updating newsfeed. The feature was originally launched on Yahoo's homepage last February.

The Yahoo mobile app is available for the iPhone starting now in the App Store. Yahoo has yet to release an Android version of the mobile software.

Summly is a summarisation tool created by 17-year-old entrepreneur Nick D'Aloisio. The app condenses news articles into 400-character dispatches. D'Aloisio created Summly in 2010.

The purchase of Summly followed in Yahoo's recent trend of focusing on core technology and smaller acquisitions. Over the past year the firm has made a variety of purchases of smaller start-ups. Acquisitions came from sectors key to Yahoo's future such as mobile, search, and mail.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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