Yahoo’s News Digest App: The Least Overwhelming News Source Ever

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Everyone knows why the Internet is the best way ever invented to get the news: It’s an endless smorgasbord of stories on every conceivable topic, easily personalized to your interests and available whenever you want it.

And then there’s Yahoo News Digest. The iPhone app, which Yahoo unveiled on Tuesday at CES, publishes two editions a day, like a newspaper: One at 8:00 a.m. and one at 6:00 p.m. Each includes only a handful of stories, and the ones you get are exactly the same as the ones that I get, with no ability to specify the topics you care about. It’s news in its most minimalist form.

News Digest gets its conciseness from Summly, the app which Yahoo bought last March for a reported $30 million, when its creator, Nick D’Aloisio, was just 17. Using Summly’s technology, it stitches together its stories from a variety of bite-sized sources:…

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