Microsoft launches social news site

SAN FRANCISCO, February 16, 2012 (AFP) - Microsoft on Thursday launched an msnNOW website designed to deliver the "latest buzz" from Facebook, Twitter, Bing and BreakingNews.com.

The service at now.msn.com analyzes in real time Bing searches and updates at the popular online social networks to display hot topics and authoritative voices commenting about them.

Microsoft billed msnNOW as "the first service to surface the latest buzz from Facebook, Twitter, Bing and BreakingNews.com, all in one place."

"It cuts through the clutter of the web, providing an up-to-the-minute view of breaking trends and the hottest social conversations, what people are saying about them, and why they matter," Microsoft said in a statement.