The story of the miners who died in West Virginia, after a "miscommunication" had everyone saying they had survived has resulted in an interesting situation. A News.com reporter has noticed that if you do a search on Google News, you still can see a ton of stories saying the miners survived. This shows one of the limitations of a scanning and scraping model for aggregation, rather than a ping-based model that would let sites update an aggregator when the news had changed (dramatically, in this case). Of course, pinging has its own problems (mostly with overloading servers). So, is the lag associated with scanning acceptable or is there a better solution? Update: Of course, the situation is worse in print, where many newspapers had already printed the survival story before the truth came out. Update: And some interesting stories about newspapers who trashed copies with the wrong story to print up corrected papers.
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