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Microsoft tests Web news service

Microsoft has started testing an international news search service in competition with Google’s…MSN has unveiled a test, or beta, service called MSN Newsbot to search news in the languages of four countries–the United Kingdom, 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.

Microsoft said the service is designed to deliver personalized news to visitors, using tracking technology and consumer data from users of Passport, Microsoft’s e-wallet system.

The service is being developed in conjunction with Moreover Technologies, a news data source, and Microsoft Research, its R&D unit.