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RSS Aggregators

Newspapers, magazines, and other traditional forms of publication are increasingly putting their data online. Add to this the steadily growing number of weblogs, and you have an enormous pool of information sources to draw on.

To help in this process, many of these publications publish RSS files providing headlines, entry links, and brief descriptions of newly published writing. News aggregators gather this data from numerous sources, presenting it to you in one page for quick perusal. If you see a story of interest, you can then click on the provided link to get to the publication.

This section takes a look at three popular aggregators: one Mac-only aggregator (NetNewsWire), one cross-platform desktop-based reader (AmphetaDesk), one web based (Meerkat), and one Mac-only aggregator (NetNewsWire). First, though, a brief discussion about RSS autodiscovery is in order.


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