Ack! There's more! I suppose I should be very happy that I can write one Atom parser rather than a true NNTP interface for reading usenet posts quickly, but my ideas of a few years ago are certainly getting implemented, whether I'm doing it or not. If I only had the wherewithal to live cheaply enough to make hacking for myself a real possiblity. But enough whining, here tis:

Looks like Google is pushing Atom (a standard that 'competes' with RSS) with the launch of the Google Groups2 beta. They have added Atom feeds for thousands of Usenet groups.