RSS for News Reading

Writes San Jose Mercury News: “By fetching headlines and other content from the Web and dumping it onto a user’s desktop, news readers can dramatically limit needless Web surfing. From my desktop now, I can scan headlines and news summaries of dozens of sites simultaneously and then decide if I want to go to the site for more information. It’s a bit like scanning headlines at a row of sidewalk newsracks. But the difference is I’m not limited to mainstream news content. Virtually any Web site can be set up to feed information to news readers.”

A related story talks more about RSS feeds: “Developers are discovering new uses for the technology seemingly everyday. Yahoo is beta-testing a financial news feed. Web enthusiasts have recently figured out how to suck Amazon book titles and Google news headlines into news readers. And other developers are fiddling with ways to import calendar and weather content. Even government has discovered RSS as a way to share press releases, documents and data with the public and other bureaucrats.”


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Rajesh Jain

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