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Old 05-04-2005, 06:58 PM   #1
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Reuters Mobile wholly dissected

Reuters has a new mobile service offering 10 headline stories accompanied with full color photos (via PhoneMag and textually.org). The service requires you to download the Mediabricks Media Viewer, a customizable J2ME Java application that is compatible with various handsets.

I spent a few minutes looking at the Java midlet and found out that you can also access the news articles directly via your browser. I am sure with a small PHP or Perl script you could quickly write your own news engine. Rest assured, Reuters doesn't support it, or they would have made this information available first place (or even better: offer news articles in XML format). So it's up to you what you do with it. Here we go:

Code:
The general url is:
http://reutersnews.co.uk/mb/servlet/MorfServlet?service=TopNews&category=reuters-ad&spkey=Reuters.Ad.UK&country=us&dev=7650&object=
Code:
Before you can use it you must fill in the last parameter 'object'. See further below.
  • service Currently only 'TopNews'
  • category Always 'reuters-ad'.
  • spkey The service provider key. Without the proper key ('Reuters.Ad.UK' or 'Reuters.Ad.US') the service won't work.
  • country Either 'us' for Reuters US news or 'uk' for Reuters UK news
  • dev One of the supported devices - output might differ depending on selected device e.g. 7650 6670
  • object One of the following paramters:
    • Headlines shows list of latest 10 articles with article ids example
    • Article shows article (required article id in &aid=) e.g. example
    • ArticleWithBinaries (required article id in &aid=) serves article as application/vnd.wap.wmlc e.g. example
    • ArticleWithImage (required article id in &aid=) serves article and (if available) article images as application/vnd.wap.wmlc e.g. example
    • Image (required article id in &aid=) serves (if available) image of an article e.g. example
    • Ticker shows a pretty Reuters tagline
    • Structure shows list of article ids of latest articles
    • Startup serves certificate, structure and ticker as application/vnd.wap.wmlc
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