Yahoo's Summly Acquisition Details: Featuring Yoko Ono, Ashton Kutcher, The "Adorkable" Nick D'Aloisio, And $30 Million

Summing up Summly.

Yesterday, Yahoo announced that it had bought Summly, a neat little mobile news aggregator created by a schoolboy from London. It looked to all intents and purposes like an acqui-hire, with two-thirds of Summly's top team relocating from the British capital to the Yahoo campus.

But not all of them. Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio will be staying at his school, King's College, Wimbledon, to finish his A' Levels before he moves, reports the New York Times. He'll also be trousering a large proportion of the $30 million paid by the Internet giant for Summly, which should boost Yahoo's mobile credentials--after all, that's what Marissa Mayer is aiming for.

Other investors include Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng, Stephen Fry, Ashton Kutcher, Yoko Ono, and Li Ka-shing, who was the first on board, enabling D'Aloisio to get Summly off the ground.

In order to fit in with Yahoo's new work-from-work policy, the "adorkable" (copyright Kara Swisher) D'Aloisio will schlepp into the firm's London office occasionally, but he has another year and a bit of school to get through first--something that some people--like Gizmodo's Casey Chan--just didn't realize when they first came into contact with him.

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