Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday afternoon for a star-studded keynote address, which included appearances from Katie Couric, SNL cast members, and a performance from Grammy award-winner John Legend.
During the hour-long discussion, Mayer and co unveiled several new products, including an app dubbed Yahoo News Digest, which "solves the problem of information overload," giving you two summaries a day of the most important news you need to know.
The crew also launched two new digital magazines: Yahoo Tech, which will offer exclusive Kickstarter reviews and videos from former New York Times columnist David Pogue; and Yahoo Food, a place where home chefs can find recipes and cooking techniques to get inspired.
Mayer, who took the helm of Yahoo in July 2012, kicked off the keynote with an announcement that the Web giant has acquired the intelligent home screen app Aviate. The Android app delivers "the right experience at the right time," Mayer said. It will, for instance, suggest map apps when you get into the car or fitness and music apps when you arrive at the gym.
Mobile is a key part of Yahoo's future, Mayer said several times during the talk. The company recently surpassed 400 million monthly mobile users and expects 3.8 billion devices to be connected to the Internet by 2017. "It's no secret that we are amidst massive switch to mobile," Mayer said.
Meanwhile, a large part of the discussion centered around news, an area Yahoo has made investments as of late. Mayer surprised the crowd, bringing onstage Couric, who joined Yahoo late last year, to discuss her new role. Couric, who quipped that she has been in the news business since the days before the Internet, said she intends to interview newsmakers, philanthropists, tech leaders, social entrepreneurs - really anyone who has an important story to tell.
"The global reach of Yahoo is tremendously exciting," Couric said. "I can't wait to get started."
The surprises didn't end there. Mayer then brought onstage Kenan Thompson and Cecily Strong for an Saturday Night Live Weekend Update spoof that took jabs at Snapchat, Grumpy Cat, and bitcoin.
She closed out the presentation with a performance by John Legend, who wowed the packed crowed with a rendition of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," and several other songs.