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Microsoft launched its foray into social and search-powered news aggregation, msnNOW. According to the site’s description, “msnNOW is a new way to stay current on the trends people are talking about, searching for, and sharing the most.”
The site uses realtime data from Twitter updates, Facebook posts, YouTube activity, Breaking News and Bing searches to find patterns and tally what’s trending. Top stories are featured in a slider, and the rest of the stories are shown in a grid-like display (thinkNewser, but cleaner) in reverse chronological order.