Looking at Userland products – frontier and radio
Radio – personalization centered on your desktop, can understand rss/soap/other xml
advantage is that content choice is unlimited
however prefs reside on one computer?? and it requires special software
could this be done entirely in explorer?? with prefs stored server side (ala hailstorm?)

This is also worth a look Meerkat

really need to find a news stream and stick to it

Terrorism and military simulation
interesting work on the dark side
“In practice, it’s hard to get the information from the political scientists into the hands of the computer scientists.” said Marcus Daniels, director of the Swarm Development Group, a spinoff of the Santa Fe Institute that focuses on agent software.