Sign up for basic Google Alerts here: http://www.google.com/alerts.
If you’re looking to follow stories pertaining to a specific subject, like for a paper you’re writing over a full semester or for a product you’re selling and you want competition’s information, you should have alerts sent directly to your inbox once a day.
Information is up-to-date, you don’t just have to read boring news articles (news isn’t BORING sometimes.. have you visited Fark.com?).. you can read blogs about whatever topic you’re looking up.. or view videos, or other media.. It’s a pretty powerful tool and I think you should start using it now. What are you waiting for? http://www.google.com/alerts