If you’re interested in technology, one of the first sites to check in the morning is TechMeme, a wildly popular service that checks thousands of blogs and news sites and presents a constantly updated overview of the day’s hot topics in an organized way. It’s all done with algorithms that decide what stories are related and how many sources are discussing the same topics, then arranges them on the TechMeme page in order of popularity.

Today the New York Times introduced a similar service, Blogrunner. Here’s the New York Times press release, and here’s an article about the NY Times service. The blogosphere will be humming for the next few weeks watching both sites and arguing about which one is more popular, more accurate, more interesting, more controversial, more inclusive.

If technology doesn’t grab you, try TechMeme’s sister site Memeorandum for a digest of blogs and news sites devoted to politics.

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