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MySpace News

April 20, 2007 1:00 PM

I’ll admit it. I’m not much of a news person. I’m not a news junkie; I’m not a news hound. I don’t watch TV news and I balk when my husband turns on the radio.

So MySpace’s news product, which recently launched in beta at http://news.myspace.com/, is not something I’d gravitate to on my own. But with that caveat in mind, I decide to check it out anyway. The news service pulls from various sources and then organizes the stories according to topics.

You can browse news by category with the categories listed on the right hand side of the page, or you can click on the main news stories in the center of the page.

But my first thought is that the layout is just really dull. Just boring white and blue blah.

Still, I click through to a story on the World Bank. Ah, that’s better. It takes me to a Yahoo News page embedded within MySpace, so I’m still on MySpace but the story is wrapped in Yahoo’s layout and includes pictures.

Here’s my non-news hound take—MySpace News needs to jazz up the home page. A lot.

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