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By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-03-15 Print this article Print

An MSN spokesperson confirmed that the services are similar to the MSN Sandbox site for incubating possible MSN services. "Now that MSN has developed its own search technology, the MSN Search product team is quickly developing new features," the MSN spokesperson said in an e-mail. "And this is just something the team is playing around with.
"At this point, there is no timeline or plans to formally integrate this feature, as it is still in the development/testing phase."
Yahoo was one of the first major online services to embrace RSS, offering aggregation through My Yahoo last year and providing links for RSS feeds within search results. Last week, it took its RSS strategy into the mobile arena. Yahoo added My Yahoo headlines, including those from RSS and Atom feeds, to Yahoos mobile service. "It seemed like a natural progression to take the power of RSS and let users take it with them and extend it beyond the desktop," said Scott Gatz, Yahoos senior director of personalization products. Users with mobile devices supporting a WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) 2.0 or HTML browser can view their news feed subscriptions from My Yahoo. On WAP phones, users can view the first 1,000 characters of a post. On HTML-based mobile browsers, they can also click a link to the Web site or blog, Yahoo announced. As for My Yahoo overall, it now has millions of users accessing news feeds and has increased the number of feeds in its searchable database to about 250,000, Gatz said. Check out eWEEK.coms for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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