Hi Syed, Great thanks good to hear you are doing the feed thing! I think it should provide a good baseline to build on.
One thing that would be nice is if the news could build cumulatively so by default I’d have 10 days or so of news built up in my hard drive/ reader. I could extend or shorten this time period depending on my preference.
The other thing I think is definitely worth getting right is only sending content that has updated. This will allow you to include many more feeds. For example the French Wikinews site only updates once a week on average. So it should only send that content, not the last five items in that feed every single day.
In terms of layout I actually quite like http://www.netvibes.com/samuk#General if the option to minimise certain sections persisted across a reboot. It would be good if the user could drag and drop the boxes to their taste too. Not sure how viable that kind of thing is on a low power computer…
I think Google News feed is the least worst option for a single feed of Headline/teaser content per country. Their algorithm is obviously good and it gives a range of sources in a single feed. In terms of the copyright question you could put up a page on your site saying; This is what we are doing, we think it’s fair use, if your content is syndicated by Google and you don’t want us using your headlines fill out the form below. It would then be trivial to filter the feed for ‘AFP’ or whoever filled out the form.
https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Main_Page Wikinews is good as far as it goes, and the creative commons licensing means that you could include up to five full articles a day across multiple languages. It does illustrate the slight randomness/ US centric slant you get when you crowd-source a news feed. At the moment one of the top stories is a Texas robbery…
http://globalvoicesonline.org/ is another creative commons source you could use for full articles. It doesn’t seem overtly left or right. A good choice of languages, but many of them don’t update that frequently.
http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/ I have seen suggestions that outernet should build ‘reddit like’ functionality. I’d argue Reddit already exists and this is an interesting stream to use for headline/teaser content to just use
http://en.rsf.org/ Reporters without Borders has some good stuff in their feed. .
http://www.un.org/news/ might outrage some right wingers, but arguably worth including
http://www.hrw.org Might annoy some left wingers who see it as extension of US foreign policy.
https://wikileaks.org doesn’t have a functioning RSS at the moment, otherwise I’d suggest including that too.