Microsoft News?

Via American Digest, I found out about Microsoft’s latest challenge to Google, the MSN Newsbot. On first investigation it seems fairly similar to Google News, but something immediately took my eye. The list of “Most Popular Articles” went thusly: 1, a story about the Sun protecting against cancer, 2, a story about a poison attack being foiled in London, but the Third Most Popular Article according to the Microsoft Newsbot was this review of Microsoft Office. Seriously. Check out this screenshot.
Microsoft certainly aren’t off to a good start at convincing me that they can harvest news stories better then Google. Perhaps they should work just a little bit harder on their algorithims.

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