AlertThingy v2 brings the very latest updates from your favourite social networks direct to your desktop. Plus send Tweets, update your Facebook status, upload photos to Flickr, post to Tumblr and more. With v2 AlertThingy makes it faster and easier to manage the online you. Plus you get the coolest looking RSS reader on the interweb.
I don't really see how this gives you anything on "news" but okay.
It's a really nice program though. I found in some cases it took quite a bit of time to get it to start running through which can get frustrating. I still give it a 4/5 rating though. It deserves that much.
It's got a really nice, great style, works in (at least) Windows 1997 to Windows Vista/Windows 7 operating systems which is really great. It takes up a fair bit of memory, but nothing I would really complain about. I do recommend!