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A way cool futuristic new program, Dataminr for News,  unveiled by CNN yesterday uses Twitter to get tipped off about breaking stories hours before anyone else knows about them. Our friends at TVNewser covered the event:

Dataminr uses an advanced algorithm to home in on similar sets of tweets around the world, thus alerting its clients to trends—or breaking news— potentially from the moment it’s first tweeted about…

“…We think it is revolutionary for newsgathering,” SVP of CNN.com K.C. Estenson said, jokingly calling it to “bionic vision for our reporters.”

The network has already been testing the program for six months, using it on-air for about two stories a day, including this past weekend’s Maryland mall shooting, and during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, when Dataminr alerted CNN to the most shared Mandela photos online. CNN then used those photos on-air.

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