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AOL Plans Automated, Computer-Driven Story Factory

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CEO Tim Armstrong tells the WSJ about plans he has previously hinted about -- a "a new digital-newsroom system that uses a series of algorithms to predict the types of stories, videos and photos that will be most popular with consumers and marketers."

The idea is that even a brain-dead editor knows that people want to read about Tiger Woods -- and AOL's coverage includes a 500-slide (!) slide show. But there are plenty of other stories that will go unassigned without a computer's help.

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