Yahoo preps 'digital newstand' for tablets and cell phones

It's called Livestand and will be available in the first half of this year

Yahoo has announced a "digital newstand" called Livestand for tablet devices and cell phones that has been designed to deliver content from the company's various sites and online publications.

Livestand has been designed for portable devices, so that articles, photos, videos, graphics and ads are optimized for the screens and interfaces of mobile phones and tablet PCs, the company said Thursday.

Livestand will tailor content delivered to users based on a variety of factors, including their interests, their location and the time of day, and will draw from Yahoo properties like Sports, News, Finance, OMG and Flickr.

The platform will have embedded social media capabilities that publishers can take advantage of to engage readers and foster interaction among them, Yahoo said.

Livestand will be initially available as an application for Apple's iPad and Android tablet devices in the first half of this year. Versions for mobile phones and for browsers will be delivered later.

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