TheMadScientist - 2:13 am on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
Actual Title of the Patent; Emphasis Mine:
Dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network
The News here is not about the users and is available to everyone, so IMO it (and most sites) are not even close to infringement. The patent AFAIK is not even about displaying general news or limiting the display of general news to a set of viewers. It's about turning what someone does (plays a game, joins a group, adds a friend, etc.) into news and displaying it to a set of users.
Great article, snip-it and title writing, but as far as I can tell the actual patent is not about what it sounds like if you simply read the lead-in.