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Syndicating Telecom News

TELECOM Digest Editor (
Thu, 19 May 2005 16:50:32 EDT

Lisa Minter has begun working on a project to syndicate telecom news
around the net using RSS. Unlike Usenet, RSS (or Really Simple
Syndication) is a spam/scam free method of circulating news. Ever
since the section of our web site called 'Telecom Digest Extra' got
started, I have been the recipient of this new method of syndication,
as you may have noticed if you read the daily features in . You may have noticed the many
news items we now have, including NY Times, Reuters, Associated Press,
United Press International, Christian Science Monitor, tech news, and
many other sources, hundreds of news items from dozens of sources each
day, but in our instance, with an emphasis on telecom news. And of
course, in the spirit of the net, RSS news feeds are free for the
taking and using at your own site.

Now the RSS people have asked, 'Why not have TELECOM as one of the
features for syndication?' Well, why not? Both Google Groups and Yahoo
Groups offer .xml type feeds, and one of my heros and geniuses is
working hard to develop an .xml feed for the Digest, but in the
interim I am using the Google Groups .xml comp.dcom.telecom feed to
get things started (until his work is completed). You can examine this
new-style RSS syndication feed at
where you can either cut and paste the script to use it in your own
RSS reader, or you can go to one of the feed outputs we support to see
this spam/scam-free style of reading the news (and of course you can
still continue to read news/blogs/etc of interest via our pages as well.) I will
continue to send the feed to Usenet comp.dcom.telecom as before, even
though it is an older, obsolete and often-times spam-ridden way of
circulating the news, and probably I will continue to feed Usenet
until the time comes that it dies under the weight of so much spam and
obnoxious junk. For now am relying on the usenet group (via Google
Groups and Yahoo Groups) to feed the new RSS thing.

If you like it, feel free to use it regularly.

Patrick Townson

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