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<h3><em><b>RSS</b>; noun:  Really Simple Syndication </em></h3>

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	<q>RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the "recent changes" page of a wiki, a <a href="http://dev.feedmelinks.com/misc/ChangeLog.xml">changelog of CVS checkins</a>, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.</q>
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	<q>RSS-aware programs called news aggregators are popular in the weblogging community. Many weblogs make content available in RSS. A news aggregator can help you keep up with all your favorite weblogs by checking their RSS feeds and displaying new items from each of them.</q>
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-- <a href="http://www.xml.com/pub/au/164">Mark Pilgrim</a>, <a href="http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/12/18/dive-into-xml.html">What is RSS?</a>
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	<a href="http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/">NetNewsWire</a>, an excellent Mac OS/X rss newsreader
	<li><a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss">nicely hyper-linked RSS 2.0 Specification</a></li>
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