Through Blueprint, Yahoo!'s simplified mobile authoring tools/language, the company is building out a widget gallery that includes a broad range content types and publisher sites. This is Yahoo! Go as mobile platform for third party exposure and distribution (an extension of its open/YOS desktop strategy).
Accordingly, today LSN announced it's making its local media partners' content available via Yahoo! mobile widgets:
Starting today, Yahoo! Go users will be able to access local news, weather, sports, school closings and much more from LSN’s affiliate network of 140 local media partners, including ABC, NBCU, Telemundo, McGraw Hill, Cox, Gray, Raycom, and other leading media.
Effectively, Yahoo! is building its own "apps store" within the Yahoo! Go application (although all the content is free/ad supported). Yahoo! had limited success with desktop widgets, however. And while this offers a better experience than what is otherwise available on selected phones supported by Go, it's unclear how these widgets will fare as more and more users simply go to the mobile Internet to get content.