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Crash This Headline? MSN Twitter Contest Tests User-Generated Headlines

If you’ve ever read a news story and found yourself imagining a more creative headline, now’s your chance to bust out those puns and polish off those wordplays to share your wordsmith skills with the world.

Social news aggregator msnNOW, which launched in February to track stories trending on social media and search engines, has started a Twitter contest that runs through Friday (March 23) to see who among its followers can crash its headlines with something more colorful and creative.

Today’s story has an original headline: “Mom sues teacher for stealing her son’s lunch money.” There’s still time to put in your bid for today’s headline champ.
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Microsoft Launches Social Media Trend-watcher, msnNOW

Microsoft launched its foray into social and search-powered news aggregation, msnNOW. According to the site’s description, “msnNOW is a new way to stay current on the trends people are talking about, searching for, and sharing the most.”

The site uses realtime data from Twitter updates, Facebook posts, YouTube activity, Breaking News and Bing searches to find patterns and tally what’s trending.  Top stories are featured in a slider, and the rest of the stories are shown in a grid-like display (think Newser, but cleaner) in reverse chronological order. They summarize those top trending stories in 100 words or less, and snow you an icon to indicate where that trending story originated. If a story originated on Twitter, you see the top tweets about the topic displayed at the top of  the article. Read more