Google News, an automated Digg.com?
Just had a wild thought. I wish I had time and the required intellect to analyse it thoroughly, but here goes.
I am an avid fan of Digg.com. I keep up-to-date(?) with all interesting news through this site. How it works is that people submit stories that interest them. And then other people “digg” it if they find it interesting. If enought people have “digg”ed it, it makes its way to the front page(s), where it would receive more “digg”s.
This is very much in the tradition of Google web search, which relies heavily on the collective judgment of online publishers to determine which sites offer the most valuable and relevant information. Similarly, Google News relies on the editorial judgment of online news organizations to determine which stories are most deserving of inclusion and prominence on the Google News home page.