App discontinued despite high ratings
Yahoo announced today that the company will be discontinuing its personalized digital newspaper app, Livestand, after just six months of availability in the App Store. As detailed in a posting on the Yahoo Corporate Blog, the move is part of a greater push by the web company to refocus its efforts into a mobile-products-first model, with a greater focus on software offerings for tablets, smartphones, and other connected devices.
Google said to ship Currents as soon as tomorrow
Google's tablet reader software, previously referred to by the Propeller codename, will officially be called Currents, from current events. It may also launch as soon as Friday, AllThingsD reported. The product will compete with the likes of Flipboard, Zite, and Yahoo's Livestand.
Google Propeller and Yahoo Livestand to clash
Two tablet-oriented web readers, Google Propeller and Yahoo Newsstand, could launch within days of each other. New leaks pointed to Yahoo's offering coming November 2, with Google coming either that week or shortly afterwards. The AllThingsD tip added that Propeller will have a "plethora" of media deals and expected both to equally support Android and the iPad.
Yahoo Livestand digital newsstand hits tablets
Yahoo during a mobile event on Thursday unpacked Livestand. Billed as a perpetually active newsstand, it initially gives Android tablet and iPad users a customized selection of news from Yahoo, entertainment site OMG and Flickr galleries. The content will be constantly updated based on the user's tastes, the location, and on the time of the day.