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Verizon Is Killing the Yahoo News Digest App

Dave Parrack 22-06-2017

Yahoo is killing off the Yahoo News Digest app. This was a fantastic little app that eschewed bells and whistles in favor of being simple and easy to use. And it’s going away. We blame Verizon, which recently completed its acquisition of Yahoo for $4.5 billion. The suckers.


Yahoo hasn’t done much right over the past few years, but Yahoo News Digest was a rare highlight in a maelstrom of cruddiness. You know, like that whole saga where 1 billion users had their data stolen Yahoo Reveals Yet Another Giant Security Breach Another day, another Yahoo hack. This one dating back all the way to 2013. This particular security breach resulted in the user data of 1 billion Yahoo accounts being stolen. Read More . And now, with little fanfare, Yahoo is killing off its News Digest app.

An Impassioned Obituary to Yahoo News Digest

As first noted by Dan Frakes on Twitter, Yahoo News Digest is no more, with Yahoo shuttering the app. The Yahoo News Digest team signed off by announcing, “we will not be creating any new digests as of June 30,” before adding, “We’ve loved serving you guys all these years”.

Abhimanyu Ghoshal at The Next Web wrote an impassioned obituary for Yahoo News Digest, and he makes some great points. There’s a trend for apps capable of doing everything, but some of the best apps available are those that do just one thing very well. And without much fuss or bother.

Yahoo News Digest was one of those apps, delivering news in a simple and straightforward way. Perhaps it was too simple and straightforward. Which meant it never quite become popular enough to survive the move to Verizon. Still, seeing Yahoo’s best app being culled is disappointing.


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Are you a fan of Yahoo News Digest? If so, are you sorry to see it being killed off? Will you be using Yahoo’s Newsroom app instead? Or do you need another app offering a snapshot of the day’s news in a digestible format? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Ferdie
    September 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Yahoo mail is suddenly riddled with virus ads. I loved it so much but now I must remove it from my computer. Viruses/ malware such as fake Microsoft ads that are not from Microsoft which lock my computer who's ultimate goal is to sell us malware protection and surveys from my internet carrier that are not from my internet carrier that offer purchasing "perks" to answer their fake questionnaire. It has become a minefield of consequences for which I have come to know Verizon from previous experience. I am so saddened to lose yahoo mail but have resorted to avoid Verizon like a venomous serpent.

  2. Hazel
    June 26, 2017 at 11:08 am

    It’s a shame that such a groundbreaking icon in digital news is being disused. If you’re sad that News Digest going, we have an app that does something similar. We provide summaries for every article and breaking news headline. It’s usually only available for students but we’ve made it exclusively available to ex-Yahoo users, just download the Compass News app from Google Play or the Apple store and use your regular email address to sign up.

  3. Bob
    June 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I am (was) a big fan of this app, evidently created and maintained by people who recognized the importance of a quick but comprehensive news flash once in the morning and once in the evening. Plus an interesting little fun fact to open up at the end. I downloaded the Newsroom app and it sucks. First off it's not a digest, but rather a whole lot of "news" stories thrown against and allowed to stick to some wall that you rummage through trying to find out about things. As a remedy, I suppose, we are encouraged to pick what news we want to read, sort of like customizing a Home Page. I deleted the Newsroom app after maybe two minutes. I just wanted a quick recap of the main news stories and this is not it.