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Yahoo kills Livestand iOS news app as part of 'consolidation'

Yahoo kills Livestand iOS news app as part of 'consolidation'


Yahoo announced today that the Livestand iOS news app is being discontinued.

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In November, Yahoo launched the Livestand iOS app, a much-hyped "living magazine." Only a few months later, the company has shuttered the product. Executives announced during Yahoo's latest earnings call that it would be discontinuing a number of its products in an effort to consolidate the company's focus, and Livestand is one of the first casualties. In addition to providing a Flipboard-style personalized magazine, Yahoo sought to re-create its portal model in the app, allowing publishers to easily create digital magazines within Livestand — the paradigm never caught on, and neither app nor platform gained the foothold that Flipboard, Zite, and a handful of others were able to achieve.

In its announcement of the closure, which comes all of two days after the (again much-hyped) launch of the Axis browser plug-in, Yahoo did reiterate that it remains committed to a "mobile-products-first development model." Hopefully the company's learned its lesson after its previous mismanagement of communities like Flickr, and is committed to trying to figure out the mobile landscape — even if there are a few false starts along the way.