UPDATE: Correction. I see that the US Newsbot site has launched this morning and is framed as subset of the overall MSNBC site.

According to this CNet article, Microsoft will launch Newsbot on Tuesday next week. Although it doesn’t spell this out explicitly, it appears that this will be a site focused on aggregating news sources from North America and supplement the 17 other regional beta sites that are already up and running.

So I guess the dancing and zoning is over and the beta & pre-promotion period begins.

A shame too, now that the Toronto Star is about to join the New York Times and Globe & Mail behind the subscription wall. I guess they’ll miss the party.