It sure is a sign of the times when companies are pushing over themselves to offer tablet versions of digital news. Yahoo is in the early stages of developing a digital news stand called ‘Livestand‘ that is set to launch in the first half of 2011.
To hype up this new service yahoo calls upon statisics on how many people use their services and how Livestand sets to change peoples lives. They claim 3.5 million photos are uploaded to Flickr everyday and 300 billion emails are sent everything via Yahoo Mail (I bet about 200 billion are spam.)
The essence of the new venture from Yahoo is that they are providing personalized content based on your interests, your location and even the time of day. Your experiences, which will begin on tablet form factors, will include intuitive touch interactions and an elegant design that focuses foremost on the content.
To make ends meet they are providing the news in a magazine type format with advertisers able to do videos and traditional print adds that have the ability to market to you based on your location.
Most details are sketchy right now, the Yahoo press release says allot, without saying much at all. You can get an early invite into the program by sharing the news via Social Networking on the Livestand site. You can check this out HERE.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.