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Frequently Asked Questions about RSS


What is RSS?
RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing Web content, such as news headlines. Using an RSS reader, you can view data feeds from various news sources, such as CNN.com, including headlines, summaries, and links to full stories. We know what you're thinking… that sounds really scary and really geeky. Well, don't worry… it's not. It's a quick and easy way for you to get the news you want from around the Web, including mainstream media sites, blogs, corporations, etc. For the full list of all the RSS feeds that CNN.com provides, please visit the CNN.com RSS page.

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What is the little red icon I see all over the site?  
The little red icon with the white radio waves is the RSS icon. Whenever you see this icon, that means that there is a corresponding RSS feed. You can either click on the icon or the associated text to subscribe to that RSS feed.

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How can I "subscribe" to RSS?
There are several different ways to subscribe to RSS feeds. You can use a downloadable RSS reader, you can use a Web-based RSS reader (sometimes called an aggregator), or you can use your Web browser. These readers allow you to subscribe to the feeds of your choosing, from whatever sites you'd like. Then they continually monitor for updates, sending new items to your reader. When you click on the RSS feed icon, you will be presented with the RSS feed page. You can either simply view that page with the latest RSS entries or you can subscribe using one of the easy-to-use Web-based readers. Simply click on the reader of your choosing and you will be subscribing to the feed in that Web-based reader.

Here are some of the more popular RSS readers available:

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Can I use RSS in my browser?
Yes, there are a few different ways you can use RSS in your browser. The simplest way is by clicking on the feed itself and consuming the feed contents in your browser. You should see the latest entries in that feed displayed right on the page. You can also subscribe to that feed in one of several different options available for Web-based RSS readers.

[insert screenshots from auto-discovery links] If you are using IE9, Firefox, or Safari as your Web browser, you can also use your browser itself as an RSS reader. When you land on a page with an RSS feed, you browser should notify you that there is a feed available (this is usually done with an orange icon notifier). Simply click on that icon and subscribe to the feed. Then, you can get updates from that feed directly in your browser.

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What is an RSS aggregator?
An RSS aggregator is a term used to describe an RSS reader, usually a Web-based RSS reader. These aggregator often contain feeds and links from a variety of sources. The examples listed above under "Web-based readers" are often considered to be RSS aggregators.

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What feeds does CNN.com have available?
CNN.com has a variety of feeds available, such as feeds for each section and subsection of the site, feeds for each blog, and feeds for each "All About…" page. For the full list of the section-based feeds, you can always visit our RSS page. Here is a sampling of our RSS feeds:
• Top Stories
• World
• U.S.
• Business (CNNMoney.com)
• Politics
• Crime
• Technology
• Health
• Entertainment
• Travel
• Living
• Video
• CNN Student News
• Most Popular
• Most Recent
• iReports on CNN


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Do CNN International and CNNMoney.com offer feeds?
Yes, our partner sites also provide RSS feeds. The full listing of these feeds can be found here:

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I noticed the RSS icons on all of the "All About…" pages. Does that mean you have thousands of RSS feeds?
Yes, every one of our "All About..." pages has a corresponding RSS feed. That means that you can subscribe to a feed on virtually any topic and get updates every time CNN.com or one of our partners publishes a story matching that topic. Simply click on the "follow this topic" or the RSS icon on the "All About..." page and you're ready to go!

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Can I use CNN.com's RSS feeds on my Web site?
RSS is a free service offered by CNN for non-commercial use. Any other uses, including without limitation the incorporation of advertising into or the placement of advertising associated with or targeted towards the RSS Content, are strictly prohibited. You must use the RSS feeds as provided by CNN, and you may not edit or modify the text, content or links supplied by CNN. For Web posting, reprint, transcript or licensing requests for CNN material, please send your request to licensing.agent@turner.com.

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What are the terms of use for CNN.com's RSS feeds?
TERMS OF USE:
RSS (really simple syndication) service is a means by which CNN.com offers feeds of story headlines in XML format ("RSS Content") to visitors to CNN.com (the "CNN Site") who use RSS aggregators. These Terms of Use govern your use of the RSS service. The use of the RSS service also is subject to the terms and conditions of the CNN Interactive Service Agreement, which governs the use of CNN's Web sites, information services and content. These Terms of Use and the CNN Interactive Service Agreement may be changed by CNN at any time without notice.

Use of RSS Feeds:
RSS is a free service offered by CNN for non-commercial use. Any other uses, including without limitation the incorporation of advertising into or the placement of advertising associated with or targeted towards the RSS Content, are strictly prohibited. You must use the RSS feeds as provided by CNN, and you may not edit or modify the text, content or links supplied by CNN. For Web posting, reprint, transcript or licensing requests for CNN material, please send your request to licensing.agent@turner.com.

Link to Content Pages:
The RSS service may be used only with those platforms from which a functional link is made available that, when accessed, takes the viewer directly to the display of the full article on the CNN Site. You may not display the RSS Content in a manner that does not permit successful linking to, redirection to or delivery of the applicable CNN Site Web page. You may not insert any intermediate page, splash page or other content between the RSS link and the applicable CNN Site Web page.

Ownership/Attribution:
CNN retains all ownership and other rights in the RSS Content, and any and all CNN logos and trademarks used in connection with the RSS Service. You must provide attribution to the appropriate CNN Web site in connection with your use of the RSS feeds. If you provide this attribution using a graphic, you must use the appropriate CNN Web site's logo that we have incorporated into the RSS feed.

Right to Discontinue Feeds:
CNN reserves the right to discontinue providing any or all of the RSS feeds at any time and to require you to cease displaying, distributing or otherwise using any or all of the RSS feeds for any reason including, without limitation, your violation of any provision of these Terms of Use. CNN assumes no liability for any of your activities in connection with the RSS feeds or for your use of the RSS feeds in connection with your Web site.


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