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It's not a yum feature but rather a way of dealing with yum using yum-updatesd.
[root@mycomputer bin]# cat /etc/yum/yum-updatesd.conf
# how often to check for new updates (in seconds)
run_interval = 3600
# how often to allow checking on request (in seconds)
updaterefresh = 600
# how to send notifications (valid: dbus, email, syslog)
emit_via = syslog
# should we listen via dbus to give out update information/check for
# new updates
dbus_listener = yes