In an effort to compete with a ton of information streams and buzz portals, Microsoft has launched MSN Now. Dated for Thursday, February 26, the Software Giant will highlight news buzz in the form of short synoptic clusters of information.
The site showcases the trending topics on the right side, and features a popular story on the left.
Most amazing of all is the real-time analysis of both Bing Searches and Social Updates. Big props on that MSFT!
The body of the site contains a grid of trending stories. A nice image accompanies the synopsis of each story. The layout is clean, intuitive, and easy to navigate.