Microsoft ‘Newsbot’ Sorts the News

Some more competition for Google News: Microsoft’s Newsbot. It’s beta software and acts like it, but I’ll be watching with great interest.

(Cross-posted to We the Media.)


Posted by: Greg Linden on July 28, 2004 09:04 AM

If you’re interested in personalized news, you might also check out Findory News. It learns from the news you read, searches thousands of sources, and builds you a personalized front page.

Findory News is available at

Posted by: on July 28, 2004 09:49 AM

Thanks, but I’ll take Yahoo News over either of those any day.

Posted by: gary price on July 29, 2004 12:24 AM

MSN has been testing Newsbot since last Fall and it’s now available in 17 regional and language

Complete list at

It includes a Spanish language version for the U.S. that went live last week.

Posted by: help desk software on July 29, 2004 01:29 AM

Notice that microsoft is moving into this field to control that as well? Maybe MS world domination isnt such an obscure idea after all :-/

Posted by: Janne on July 29, 2004 05:57 AM

You have to wonder a bit over how the selection of sources are done. Their bot (or perhaps the people who worked on the site) _really_ seems to like the “Seattle Post Intelligencer”, whatever paper that is. I mean, at the moment it’s even the source for two out of three stories in the international section.

Posted by: on July 29, 2004 06:26 AM

I just don’t just Microsoft to be anything near impartial…. or global.

Posted by: on July 29, 2004 10:18 AM

Still some bugs to work out.
In their “World” section it headlines:
“Ricky Williams says he failed 3rd drug test”

A retired American football player’s comments about
his drug tests are not “World” news.

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Posted by: on July 30, 2004 04:00 PM

Janne: The Post Intelligencer is a Hearst paper that is trying to sue one of the last independent “city papers” in the US, the Seattle Times, out of the market – since they can’t beat it commercially. Find more about that story here:

BTW: Both papers suck, but the Times sucks far less than the PI. When I moved here I subscribed the PI first (because it features the “Sherman’s Lagoon” comic, if you must know my standards 🙂 but pretty soon switched to the Times.

Posted by: Peter Murphy on August 2, 2004 02:16 PM

I love this trend towards putting together your own online newspaper.

Very useful for making sure you never miss important industry news.

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