For some reason, a number of projects are coming out of the closet this week. I mentioned Reuters 'Social Pulse' briefly already (not to self: write post describing how while many Reuters journalists have twitter accounts, no-one is tweeting...). Here is another : topheadlin.es (via Nieman Journalism Lab).
The site is, reportedly, a side project by Jeremy Singer-Vine, from The Wall Street Journal. The site, designed for mobile form factor, aggregates 'top' headlines from a small number of sites. From a motivation and design perspective, I really like it - keep it simple, tell me what I need to know. However, from an analytical side, it suffers from not really understanding the content that it is aggregating.
For example, right now it looks like this:
My experimental site - d8taplex news - attempts to avoid this problem by (currently) sourcing from a single news agency, and by using some simple clustering. That being said, I should probably work on a mobile version of the page if I want to compete!