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Too Cool by 10

10X10 is an automated news crawler with an exceptionally cool interface and presentation.

Here's how it works:

Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

Picture this, that and the other ...

10x10 is designed to be simple and intuitive, so you should find it easy to use. When you open 10x10, you will see a grid of the top 100 world images that hour, ranked in order of importance, reading left to right, top to bottom. Along the right edge of the screen are listed the corresponding top 100 words, one for each image.

... then click on it. Presto, news you can really use.

Live Science has a nice piece on the possibility of taking this tool virtual.