One of the things that I really liked about RSS feeds was that I could batch my news and take on a weekly basis. The social news machine like Twitter requires hourly and daily updates just to keep on top of all of the meaningful tweets and filter out all the croft.
I follow more twitters and Google plus feeds that I can watch in one day and still be productive. Some of those sources are news many of them are meant to provide cues for innovation in my profession and career.
What I've realized is that there are too many distractions. The carefully curated news is inclusive of a greater frequency of social news rather than political financial or human interest news. The technology news needs to be batched so that it does not have a real-time affect on progress being made now.