Yahoo shuts down 10 mobile apps

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Yahoo is decommissioning 10 of its mobile applications, most optimized for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android.

The apps facing the ax are Yahoo Answers (Android), AppSpot (Android and iPhone), Deals (iPhone), Meme (iPad and iPhone), Mim (iPad), Movies (Android), News (Android), Shopping (iPhone) and Sketch-a-Search (iPad and iPhone), as well as Yahoo Finance for Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry. Yahoo is sending notifications to users stating it will no longer support the apps in question, adding it will integrate key features of solutions like AppSpot and Sketch-a-Search into its Yahoo Search app.

Yahoo states it plans to follow a "mobile first" mindset moving forward and will introduce a series of new mobile applications during 2012, building on existing strengths including companion experiences for TV (corresponding with its IntoNow), personalized media experiences like Livestand and messaging solutions like Mail and Messenger. Yahoo has already announced its first foray into original scripted programming, teaming with Tom Hanks' Playtone production company and multimedia firm Reliance Entertainment to launch the multi-platform animated series Electric City. The series will premiere later this year.

Earlier this month, Yahoo named former PayPal president Scott Thompson as its new CEO. The company dismissed former CEO Carol Bartz in September 2011.

For more:
- read this Yahoo Mobile Blog entry

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