Newser is a news search engine finessed by human editors. The site has been launched by Patrick Spain, the CEO of Highbeam (cofounder and former CEO of Hooverâ€™s) and journalist Michael Wolff. The mission of the site: â€œquickly learn more about the most important and most talked about news stories each day, as well as to dig a bit deeper on news topics that interest you.â€? This is not unlike other sites like Newsvine, Digg, Netscape etc. Editors summarise breaking stories.
Newser looks nice but it is like shoe-horning a portal play onto a web which is increasingly focused on niche and application/function, not on telling me which story is â€œbigâ€? right now. The point is, I already know that. I donâ€™t see this workingâ€¦