Posts Tagged ‘news aggregation’

Interesting new research problem

June 25, 2008

This article, found via digg, highlights an inherent ‘by-design’ flaw of automatic news aggregators, including Google News: they need a significant amount of press coverage before promoting news to their front page. As a result, automatic news aggregators are often hours late in covering breaking news.

The solution to the problem of “finding the most important news right now” cannot rely on one hour or so of news history. After one hour, it is no more a breaking news. It is late and repetitive.

Let’s formulate a challenging research problem from that: “Given novel and unique news, can you predict that there will be thousand of repetitions and reformulations?”

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DayLife Developer Challenge

June 13, 2008

DayLife is staging a challenge from June 3rd to June July 25th (extended date):

Build the future of news, in software!

Build an application that uses the Daylife API. No limits here: mashups, portals, widgets, iphone apps, blogging plugins, you name it.

DayLife challenge

DayLife is a news aggregation platform with strong named entity (NE) recognition capability. NEs are also called ‘Topics’, and they fall under the types ‘Person’, ‘Place’ and ‘Organization’.