Akamai, an internet content delivery company, launched a cool news meter last week. Apparently Akamai touches so much internet news content that they’re able to view their own usage data and create a relative index of how much news consumption there is in any given five minute period. I remember reading that Reuters was going to do something similar with their giant sign in Times Square. They built the sign, but I’m not sure they ever actually created a news index. Akamai’s index doesn’t have much data, but it’s an interesting few numbers that could be worth syndicating to news sites or widgets.