Yahoo News app gets AI-powered redesign, integrates Artifact’s tech for personalized news discovery

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The Yahoo News app is undergoing a significant overhaul that will bring several new artificial intelligence (AI) features to the news reporting and aggregation platform. The company highlighted that the AI ​​capabilities of the new app come from the now-shuttered AI news app Artifact. Yahoo acquired the platform in April 2024 and has now integrated its architecture into its News app. The platform now offers a customizable feed, highlights of articles and top stories, tools for easy sharing, and the ability for users to flag headlines as clickbait.

Yahoo News app adds AI feature

Artifact was created by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in 2023 as an AI-powered news aggregation and recommendation platform. The two attempted to integrate gamification and social media elements into the platform but had to shut it down just a year later due to its lack of popularity. However, Yahoo acquired the platform for an undisclosed amount. Now, the company has integrated Artifact to revamp its News app.

“Proprietary AI-powered personalization technology and other features have been integral to the development of this differentiated mobile app, giving people the opportunity to quickly get updated or dig deeper, all while allowing them to see the things that are important and useful to them in one place,” Yahoo said in a press release.

With this change, the Yahoo News app gets an AI-powered personalized feed where users can choose topics and publishers according to their preferences and the AI ​​will show more of that content. Top Stories is another new feature that shows the trending news topics of the day across the globe. Soon, an AI-powered takeaway feature will also be released on each trending topic that will allow users to quickly catch up on major stories.

The Key Takeaway feature in the app formulates the main points of a news article and displays them on top so that users get a proper idea about the article. Apart from these, users will also have the ability to block certain keywords and share articles on third-party apps. Yahoo is also experimenting with gamification. It has added streaks and badges for those who read a certain number of articles per day, and keep doing so consistently.

Interested individuals can find the Yahoo News app on the Google Play Store for Android and the iOS App Store. However, it is currently available only in a few countries. The app is not available in India.


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