You can easily get Excel to act as a live stock RSS news reader with a free add-on. What's cool about this, as opposed to using a regular news reader, is that you can have it update the news depending on the stock symbol you are interested in. Plus, you can also add live stock quotes as well.
And simply by pressing F9, your news will udpate to the latest news about your stocks!
Step 1: Free download for Microsoft Office Excel reads RSS files
Download and install this software at http://www.esquotes.com/SetupESQ20.exe
It will install a small dll in your system32 folder, which is used by Excel to read the RSS file.