Commodity news – and weblogs?

Tom Matrullo points out that Google News completes the commodification of the news business. It lumps every news organization’s article about a particular news story under a single umbrella, giving you the basic story while cutting through all the brand differentiation that those news organizations have tried to enforce. He’s exactly right. The result, as Matrullo indicates, are headlines like this:

NEW YORK TAKES EBBERS, OTHERS TO COURT
NYT … and 175 related

Now just imagine what will happen when Google starts doing the same thing to weblogs:

RAGING DISPUTE OVER XML NAMESPACES IN RSS 2.0 GETS REALLY, REALLY PERSONAL
Scripting News …. and 18,023 related

Commodity news – and weblogs?