Even as its core business is in the process of being purchased by Verizon and even as its reeling from its admission of a massive user data hack that occurred in 2014, Yahoo has launched a major new product in the form of a news app called Yahoo Newsroom.
Newsroom constitutes an upgrade to Yahoo’s old news app, which was simply called Yahoo. Competing against the likes of Facebook’s News Feed and Apple News, Newsroom promises to help you “get the best news from around the web without the clutter of news from your other feeds.” And to that end, the app employs algorithms to deliver personalized news.
But Newsroom also lets you tailor the content and even share your views with the more than 300 million people who Yahoo says visit its site to consume and circulate news.
Explore a grid of categories — or “Vibes,” as Yahoo calls them — to select the topics about which you want to see more news. There are general topics such as sports and entertainment and specific ones such as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Your news feed automatically includes stories and conversations based on the Vibes that you’ve opted to follow. The more Vibes you follow and the more stories you engage with, the more your feed will adjust its content in accordance with your interests.
Help shape conversations around the news by sharing your reactions about what you read in the app. You can also post stories from elsewhere on the web into relevant Vibes to initiate discussions.
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Note: Rather than being a brand new app, Yahoo Newsroom comes as an update to the old Yahoo app.