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RSS is a family of web feed formats, specified in XML and used for Web syndication. RSS is used by news Web sites, weblogs, schools, and podcasting. The abbreviation is variously used to refer to the following standards:
Web feeds provide web content or summaries of web content together with links to the full versions of the content, and other metadata. RSS delivers this information as an XML file called an RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel. Web feeds allow a website's frequent readers to track site updates using an application called an aggregator rather than by searching for them. Examples of aggregators include BottomFeeder and FeedDemon, although there are many.
source: adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(protocol)
In order to read a news feed you'll need an RSS aggregator, and you'll need to subscribe to the individual news feed.
There are many aggregators available free for each Web browser. They offer a variety of interfaces and setup options, so be sure to select one that's appropriate for your working environment. A good list of aggregators appears here.
Once you've downloaded and installed the reader on your computer, you can follow the reader instructions to subscribe or add a news feed. Or do one of the following: