The latest news, direct to your PC

O'Brien, Danny
May 2004
New Scientist;5/29/2004, Vol. 182 Issue 2449, p24
One need not surf the Internet or wait for email alerts to know the latest news. Researcher Robert Scoble and his readers use news harvesting software that shows them which of their favorite Web sites has posted a new article. If a new item is found, its headline pops up on the user's screen in a browser like interface, which lists all feeds the user has chosen to monitor. Werner Vogels, a distributed systems researcher at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, fears that ever more newsreader packages automatically asking Web sites "what's new?" The RSS feed summarizes changes as a list of latest articles, which may consist of a title, a description and a Web link. INSET: HOW TO GET SYNDICATED.


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