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Yahoo At CES 2014: Aviate Acquisition; New Ad Products, News Digest & Others

Yahoo unveiled several new products and announced a new unified suite of advertising products at the ongoing Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at Las Vegas, USA. Here is a quick lowdown on all the announcements: Aviate Acquisition Yahoo announced that it has acquired Aviate, a company which was building a contextual Android home screen launcher based on user's daily habits. Interestingly, Aviate was acquired before the app came out of private beta. It had raised $1.8 million from Highland Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and others in May last year. Aviate says it automatically categorizes apps on an Android phone and groups them into various "spaces" like work, home, driving and others. Then it uses various signals like time of the day, GPS, accelerator and Wi-Fi among others to provide relevant apps or links for the moment. For instance, when an user wakes up, it might show calendar appointments and apps like email & Twitter. While driving, it might pop up apps like Google Maps and Waze and when the user is at any restaurant, it might surface tips from Foursquare. [Video Demo] It sounds quite similar to how Google Now works, except for the fact that this information is directly present on the home screen and also seems to include app suggestions which is not present on Google Now yet. Yahoo mentions that Aviate will be a central part of its forthcoming Android-based experiences in 2014 and later and they will continue to develop the product in the future. Yahoo News Digest Yahoo unveiled a new app called 'Yahoo News Digest' for iPhone and…

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