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Yahoo Quickly Plugs Summly’s Tech Into Its iOS App

yahoo-1-130422Not even a month has passed since Yahoo announced its $30 million acquisition of news summarization app Summly, and already the company is making good use of its algorithmic summation technology.

On Monday, Yahoo rolled out a new version of its flagship mobile app for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch. Its marquee feature: Quick news-story summaries delivered via Summly’s natural-language algorithms.

There are other improvements onboard as well, including better video and image search, and enhanced personalization. But the Summly integration is the big deal here, and not only for its inclusion, but just how quickly Yahoo pulled it off. Obviously, development of the new app was well under way before the Summly acquisition, but the speed with which Yahoo was able to integrate the startup’s technology into the app is impressive indeed, and suggests that Yahoo has become a bit more nimble under new CEO Marissa Mayer.

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