IMO the simplest workaround to Claim 1 of the patent allowing you to effectively do the same thing is to not attach the stinking link to the news item,
You are right but should one really have to refrain from attaching a link because that coupled with the rest of the functionality becomes an "invention"
You are right there are workarounds but why should one have to do a workaround? Somehow a link, coupled with a feed, coupled with some dynamic functionality concerning limits and friends is all of a sudden an invention?
That would mean a photo gallery could be an invention if you add in things like, "a link to more images" and "amount of images shown is dynamically limited"
All they are doing is adding certain behaviors to a news feed, an invention that does not make. They are just sensible features that any good developer would come up with if making a similar function.