Microsoft launches msnNOW trending news web site

What if you could create a news site that concentrated just on what was popular or trending on the Internet that day? You might have a site like Microsoft just launched as an offshoot of MSN.com. It's called msnNOW and it's aiming to give readers a one stop shop on what "news" stories are currently getting the Internet population's attention.

Of course, you may not get a lot of hard hitting news stories on msnNOW. Instead you will find items on the front page such as "Aykroyd ain't afraid to make 'Ghostbusters' without Murray" or perhaps "Depp may be searching for fresh start in L.A."  Microsoft says that msnNOW's mission is different than just spotting net trends. The site's About page states:

We scour the most interesting trends from real-time sources like Twitter, Facebook, Bing, YouTube and BreakingNews.com, so you'll always know what's happening with the hottest social trends and stories on the Web. Then our expert editors add key insights on why a story is trending, if it's true and where to find out more, so you'll be the most informed of your friends on the latest trends.

Microsoft says it uses "advanced technology" to help msnNOW discover breaking trends and then tosses out what it considers to be "boring", "lame" or "uninteresting" items (their words, not ours). So we guess that Kate Upton's dating life is "interesting", according to the site's organizers.

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Nice idea. I figure there are other sites like this though? Just sounds like something that should have happened already. I dislike their "innovative" names for their views though. "Cash"? Uh, you mean "Business", or...?

this article is one of the biggest POS ive ever read on Neowin... who the **** cares the OP does not give a **** about celebs or whatever - i don't either but that does not makes the page pointless; this article on the other hand...

LostInNull said,
Microsoft has sucked on everything beside windows and xbox

There are good cheap keyboards from MS, and good expensive ones, and of course Microsoft Mouse needs to be mentioned, with all its range, self-detection in driver, settings... Good piece of kit.

Wait a bit... I have already seen this guy. Lost in Null. Somewhere else.
Comes, Craps and Leaves.
Ah yeah. Those are called Trolls.
Don't feed the Trolls. Puh-lease? ^)

LOL @ the number of quotes in your article. Should I assume your article is a complete lie?

"news"
"advanced technology"
"boring"
"lame"
"uninteresting"
"interesting"

The **** is wrong with you? The article is not even unprofessional. It sounds like a child wrote this, who doesn't have any idea how sarcasm works.

FIRST!

Jebadiah said,
The article is not even unprofessional. It sounds like a child wrote this, who doesn't have any idea how sarcasm works.

FIRST!

I think any credibility you had in the former sentence got destroyed by the need to write "first." Good job.

For what it's worth, there are worse things to learn about than Kate Upton's love life. At least pictures normally accompany the information...

Jebadiah said,
LOL @ the number of quotes in your article. Should I assume your article is a complete lie?

"news"
"advanced technology"
"boring"
"lame"
"uninteresting"
"interesting"

The **** is wrong with you? The article is not even unprofessional. It sounds like a child wrote this, who doesn't have any idea how sarcasm works.

FIRST!

What a completely pointless and unhelpful comment.

Agreed, but don't forget this is a John Article.

Intrinsica said,
I think any credibility you had in the former sentence got destroyed by the need to write "first." Good job.

For what it's worth, there are worse things to learn about than Kate Upton's love life. At least pictures normally accompany the information...


That was his point.. It was sarcastic anyone could work that out.