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Usenet News Flash from East Bay Technologies. "With Usenet News Flash, getting the content you want is easy! Simply login to your account, enter a list of keywords of anything you are interested in - audio, video, movies, music, games, anything! Once you have entered in your keywords, you will automatically
receive a daily email of all content that matches your keywords.
Our system finds tens of thousands of Internet audio and video files every day to be delivered to you based on your keywords."
bit. "Bit newsgroups are different than other newsgroups in that they all have a mailing list associated with the newsgroup. Depending on the preferences of the newsgroup creator, the messages on a mailing list can be sent to the bit newsgroup, messages in the bit newsgroup can be sent to the mailing list or both." Existing mailing lists can apply to have a bit. group added, or you can apply to start a new bit. group
Intellinews "is a service providing near-real-time monitoring of Usenet newsgroups and delivery via e-mail of postings that match search criteria."
MailMeNews (service is not available for a month or two) "searches Usenet newsgroups for a set of keywords you specify. The header and body of each newsgroup posting in your chosen newsgroup is scanned for your keywords, and if a match is found, the article is emailed to you."
MyNews offers free access to binaries and some discussion groups via web, as well as a subscription option for nntp access. Also allows posting via e-mail, and will offer news2mail digests.
NetNews Tracker " is a bot that
searches Usenet newsgroups daily for any phrases that you choose, then delivers any new hits to you via e-mail. You can use it to monitor newsgroups for your name, company, URL, or any other topic of interest, and never miss any discussions on that subject."
RoboFetch provides a free service enabling you to receive daily emails containing a listing of usenet postings you are interested in as defined by the search keywords you provided. You will receive up to 250 links to relevant postings daily pointing to Deja.com's Usenet site in a form of an HTML email. Your mail reader software needs to support HTML formatted emails.
Mailing list to newsgroup services:
Gmane (GNU Mail To News And Back Again) archives mailing lists as newsgroups and allows posts via nntp to be mirrored to the list.
news-gateways lists specific lists that mirror newsgroups (or vice versa)
Note: Eudora for Mac will let you reply to newsgroups (i.e. if someone replies via e-mail to your post) via a mail2news server that uses the Newsgroup: header. To do this, copy/paste into a blank Eudora message and doubleclick on the following.
(x-eudora-setting:148) (enter yes)
(x-eudora-setting:12706) (enter e-mail address of mail2news server)