I'm no patent attorney and don't claim to understand all the jargon in that document, but a quick perusal seemed to show a web syndication platform that incorporated feeds, including RSS. It looked like this platform might be able to syndicate a lot more than just RSS. I'd be interested to see if there were any media comment about this patent by some knowledgeable sources.
A content syndication platform, such as a web content syndication platform, manages, organizes and makes available for consumption content that is acquired from the Internet. In at least some embodiments, the platform can acquire and organize web content, and make such content available for consumption by many different types of applications. These applications may or may not necessarily understand the particular syndication format. An application program interface (API) exposes an object model which allows applications and users to easily accomplish many different tasks such as creating, reading, updating, deleting feeds and the like.