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9:11 am on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft web portal MSN has unveiled a test, or beta, service called MSN Newsbot to search news in the languages of four countries the UK, France, Italy and Spain. MSN Newsbot is an experimental, automated news service that gathers news from more than 4,000 sources online, according to the Newsbot website.

That reminds me of something.

9:43 am on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Here is the UK version: [uk.newsbot.msn.com...]
1:00 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Reported all over the gaff.

Another one for you:
[news.zdnet.co.uk...]

1:06 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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[uk.newsbot.msn.com...]

France ¦ Italy ¦ Spain ¦ United Kingdom

3:23 pm on Nov 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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..if you can't beat em... copy em.....
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Competition is good.
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agree ...

(I'm in Google news.. now how do I get into MSN... hmmmm)

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Good Find UKgimp.

It is interesting that my daily Silicon email didn't carry that story. Proof positive that they do tailor their feed based on previous click through information I guess.

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It's obviously a copy, but imho, a poor one so far. Not as user friendly to me as the Google one...and, a bit less information. Doesn't work as well in an 800 by 600 either...isn't their audience a bit more 'joe six pack' and a little less webmaster?

In that case, it should work for 800 by 600...where's their design team when you need them, eh?

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Time for Google to haul it out of BETA.
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as the operator of a news site, this is great news. Not just because of the greater exposure of our site on the engine, but because it is another step on the way to paid subscription for news content.
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MSN [uk.newsbot.msn.com] has ads on their search result pages as opposed to Google [news.google.com]

It's in partnership with Moreover. Almost all the results on the above link are served by Moreover.

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Oh dear. I think they need to be more careful before they release that to the public.

On the UK site, we have a story about Richard Burns (Rally Driver) who has a brain tumour. The picure is a chinese man, burning a chinese flag! Now, that it is a serious problem. Although it is a serious problem to start off with, imagine if the picture was of children and the story was about paedophiles.... I think it would cause problems for MSN in the UK.

Not good for a first experience, but hopefully they'll get it fine tuned.

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MSN...always the masters of innovation. Not.

Back to the well, eh Bill? Copycat!

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Google is not the innovator in news aggregation. Both moreover (MSN's news source) and newsnow were doing it in the UK years before Google.
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Notice how all the images are from Reuters. And notice how all the images in Reuters news that is relevent to the news is in *.jpg format. (Note that Google also has "preference" from who they get their images from in similar fashion).
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Yes, I noticed that as well.
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>>Back to the well, eh Bill? Copycat!

Yea, Google was the first to come up with news search. Please.

 

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