Chrome/iOS/Android: If you like breaking stories, or you just want to make more room in your day for news, TL;DR makes it easy. They scour headlines to offer the latest stories and videos on topics of your choosing.
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Noting that breaking news stories move a lot faster through Twitter than aggregation sites like Google/Yahoo News and Digg, a Yahoo BOSS engineer created a news search tool that ranks based on Twitter links. TweetNews keeps an eye on Yahoo News and compares its headlines with which news stories are culling links on Twitter updates. A story's popularity amongst the tweeting masses will push it up farther on TweetNews. There's no landing page full of links, though, just search functionality. You can see the Twitter updates each result is pulling from in a drop-down box, and the absolutely minimal site loads seriously fast. TweetNews is free, no sign-up required, and a decent addition to any news-watcher's arsenal—especially those who like to be really, really up-to-date on what's happening. TweetNews
Web application FeedJournal turns your RSS feed(s) of choice into a newspaper-formatted PDF. You can either enjoy the newspaper-ness of the electronic PDF on your computer, or you can print out the paper for some offline, dead-tree reading. FeedJournal probably isn't the best solution for feeds that generally have shorter items (like the main Lifehacker feed), but longer articles fit really well in the FeedJournal layout. FeedJournal is free to use, requires registration with the site. FeedJournal
Google News recently added a localisation feature to its main page, gathering stories not just from local newspapers and web outlets, but supposedly from sources across the internet:While we're not the first news site to aggregate local news, we're doing it a bit differently -- we're able to create a local section for any city, state or country in the world and include thousands of sources. We're not simply looking at the byline or the source, but instead we analyze every word in every story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is located.Nifty stuff, and a good way to keep up on what's happening in your neck of the woods. All News is Local
Want so see how the newspapers around your region played the Super Tuesday results on their front page? Just want to get a quick glance at your own newspaper's front page without clicking through its web site? The web site of the Newseum, an interactive journalism museum, offers a nifty "Front Pages Worldwide" tool that's updated daily and comes in list, gallery, or (coolest of all) map flavors. Simply mouse over a town or city to see that papers' front page, or head to the list or gallery options to grab a read-able PDF of it. For capturing a piece of a major story in your town or just keeping yourself informed, the Newseum is the web version of having a stack of papers delivered to your desk. Today's Front Pages
Newsgator's recent announcement that their popular line of cross-platform newsreaders were now free had many of you asking why you would ever give up the web-based bliss of Google Reader for desktop-based readers; still others were wondering why anyone wouldn't ride the desktop wave now that these best-in-class readers have hit the free market. Today we're comparing the most popular web-based newsreader, Google Reader, with the freeware, desktop-based readers from Newsgator. If you think you're running the perfect reader for your needs, take another look—you might be surprised at what you're missing.
News feed aggregator tiinker aims to help those feeling overwhelmed by their news portals and their own feed readers chop down their lists. Using Digg-style "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" controls, tiinker "learns" what types of news and sources you find relevant and interesting and mixes its content for you accordingly. Tiinker's technology page reshaped itself pretty quickly to a little test-voting with an eye for Linux items, but what's missing right now (and used to be offered) is a way to bring in RSS feeds not offered by the tiinker mix. Still, for those seeking out a decent, customised news portal, Tiinker might be a good way to keep on top of what's happening.
Our national broadcaster has added another string to its multimedia bow with the release of desktop gadget ABC Now, which is essentially a media player which lets you get ABC news headlines, radio
streams, podcasts and TV highlights on your PC. You can also get weather updates.One nice feature is the ability to create a Favourites menu. When you're browsing content in the "Find" section, each item has a "heart" icon and a "+" sign, which you just need to click to add to your Favourites list.Cricket fans should note that "technical difficulties" mean they can't broadcast the cricket through ABC Now yet. You'll need to be using either Real Player or Windows Media Player. Right now ABC now is Windows only, but they've promised a Mac version soon.I've raved before about our national broadcaster's efforts to do multimedia broadcasting well, and ABC Now is a nice addition to their offerings. I'll need to do some experimenting to see if this standalone gadget can be incorporated into iGoogle or something similar. If you experiment, let us know how you get on in comments.This new feature was spotted at APC.
While doing some research on social news sites in Australia, I came across a post at Blogpond, which which was a really good roundup of social news aggregation in Australia. We wrote up one of them - Kwoff - earlier this week, but it also goes over a few I hadn't even heard of:
At a glance, redruby (financial), bloggerati (web 2.0) and too right (politics) are each targeting a specific niche. Kwoff maintain their focus will be on politics, business and culture. Confer and Ausculture.com seem more geared to lifestyle, recreation and entertainment.
Fans of Crikey and its founder Stephen Mayne will be interested to know that he's one of the founders of new website Kwoff, along with Dan Walsh and Greg Barns.
I had a chat with Dan today and he said their plan is to do for Australian news what Digg does for tech news - with a view to being a central aggregator for political, business and current affairs news.
He's been on the road talking to both mainstream publishers and more niche players like Lifehacker and New Matilda with a view to drawing a wide range of online news fans to Kwoff.
Like other aggregators, you can browse the site freely, or register to be able to submit or vote on stories.
Their guide to Qwoffing is here or there's a cute animated walkthrough here.
It was nice to see a Lifehacker story on their "Top Today' list, but admittedly the number of tech stories which have been "qwoffed" so far is low.
It's early days for Kwoff and aggregators are only as good as the people submitting and voting on stories, so consider yourself encouraged to check it out, and let's submit some tech stories. :)
Hit the jump to see a nice visual snapshot of the kinds of stories which Kwoff readers have been interested in so far (gotta love tag clouds!)