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Microsoft’s NewsJunkie Project

Microsoft is working on a news search project called NewsJunkie, part of MSN’s upcoming news page Newsbot.

Using principles of artificial intelligence and information retrieval, NewsJunkie keeps track of what a reader has already seen. It reorganizes news stories to rank those with the most new information at the top and push those with repetitive information to the bottom, or filter them out entirely.

NewsJunkie can help improve news alerts beyond key words to offer only new information, the researchers said.

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