Google News

Google News is the news search of Google, which started in 2002. It is a computer-generated news service that collects headlines from more than 50,000 news sources worldwide. The home page displays current news, weather, and selected news categories. The news are classified into thematic (business, sports) and geographical (world, US) categories. The results page displays the title, source, date, and photos of the content.

Language Multilingual

Launched 2002
Closed No

Developer Google Inc.

Country of Origin US America

2002 - [...] Google Inc.

Topic News SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Crawler-based, algorithmic SeEn
Crawler / robot based SeEn using a white list of selected sites

Used SeEn Google News

Robot: Googlebot News (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

About Google News (2015): »Google News is a computer-generated news service that aggregates headlines from more than 50,000 news sources worldwide, groups similar stories together, and displays them according to each reader's interests. Traditionally, when reading the news, you first pick a publication and then look for headlines that interest you. With Google News, you can discover and read access news articles in a different way, with more personalization options and a wider variety of perspectives from which to choose. On Google News you will see links to several articles on every story, so you can first decide what subject interests you and then select which publishers' accounts of each story you'd like to read. Click on the headline that interests you, and you'll go directly to the site which published that story. Our articles and multimedia content are selected and ranked by computers that evaluate, among other factors, how often and on what sites a story appears online. We also rank based on certain characteristics of news content such as freshness, location, relevance and diversity. As a result, stories are sorted without regard to political viewpoint or ideology, and you can choose from a wide variety of perspectives on any given story. We'll continue to improve Google News by adding sources, fine-tuning our technology and providing Google News to readers in even more regions.« Source

Wikipedia (Stand 2015): »Google News is a free news aggregator provided and operated by Google, selecting up-to-date news from thousands of publications. A beta version was launched in September 2002, and released officially in January 2006. The initial idea was developed by Krishna Bharat. [...] Google News watches more than 4500[4] news sources worldwide. Versions for more than 60 regions in 28 languages are available (as of March 15, 2012). As of January 2013, service in the following languages is offered: Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. The service covers news articles appearing within the past 30 days on various news websites. In total, Google News aggregates content from more than 25,000 publishers. For the English language, it covers about 4,500 sites; for other languages, fewer. Its front page provides roughly the first 200 characters of the article and a link to its larger content. Websites may or may not require a subscription; sites requiring subscription are noted in the article description. On December 1, 2009, Google announced changes to their "first click free" program, which has been running since 2008 and allows users to find and read articles behind a paywall. The reader's first click to the content is free, and the number after that would be set by the content provider. The layout of Google News underwent a major revision on May 16, 2011. On July 14, 2011, Google introduced "Google News Badges," which it later retired in October 2012. Additionally in July 2011, the Sci/Tech section of the English Google News versions was split up into two sections: Science and Technology. It was announced that this section split would be performed on other language versions as well. As of early 2013, this split had not been applied to all language versions of Google News. News agencies: In March 2005, Agence France-Presse (AFP) sued Google for $17.5 million, alleging that Google News infringed on its copyright because "Google includes AFP’s photos, stories and news headlines on Google News without permission from Agence France Presse". It was also alleged that Google ignored a cease and desist order, though Google counters that it has opt-out procedures which AFP could have followed but did not. Google now hosts Agence France-Presse news, as well as the Associated Press, Press Association and the Canadian Press. This arrangement started in August 2007. In 2007, Google announced it was paying for Associated Press content displayed in Google News, however the articles are not permanently archived. That arrangement ceased on December 23, 2009 when Google News ceased carrying Associated Press content. Copyright variations: In 2007, a Belgian court ruled that Google did not have the right to display the lead paragraph from French-language Belgian news sources when Google aggregated news stories. Newspapers representing more than 90 percent of the market in Brazil opted out of having their links appear in Google News according to reports, resulting in only a "negligible" drop in traffic. Some Europe-based news outlets have asked their governments to consider making Google pay to host links. In December 2014 Google announced it would be shutting down the Google News service in Spain. A new law in Spain, lobbied for by the Spanish newspaper publishers' association AEDE, would require that news aggregators would have to pay news services for the right to use snippets of their stories on Google News. Rather than add advertisements to the news site, Google chose to shut down their service, and remove all links to Spain-based news sites from international versions of the site. « Source

MIKE SAMBUCO (2013): »Google News is a great news search engine that allows users to learn about news for a wide variety of topics. The site doesn’t just show current news, though. It does a great job of allowing the user to search past events as well. Basically, Google News is the place to go when you want to find out about anything newsworthy. As mentioned in the official Google Blog, Google News was first launched in beta form in September 2002. It wasn’t until 2006 that Google decided to take Google News out of beta, but it was well worth the wait. Since then, Google News has changed how many people receive information, and they’re not looking back. [...] Google News doesn’t only have its own tab at the top of the Google toolbar; Google likes to integrate news results into its regular search engine results, so users commonly get some news results when searching normally. For example, if you want to know about Samsung tablets, the Google search [Samsung tablet] will provide you with a link to the Google News results for that same query and a couple of news results once you scroll down a bit. The news section is seamlessly integrated into the normal results, but once you click the “News for Samsung tablet” link, all the results on the ensuing page are, as expected, news results.« Source

Metamend: »The Google News engine was launched in September, 2002. Google News gathers information from nearly 5000 news sources. It updates news topics every 15 minutes, and lists articles dating back 30 days. Google News compiles headlines and news story results entirely by the use of algorithms that search well-known news sites for the latest news information; there is no human element involved. Headlines are accompanied by a set of links to the news sources reporting on that story. These links are compiled by Google’s clustering algorithms, and all news is displayed by order of relevance. News is also customizable to suit the user’s needs. The ‘Personalized News’ feature allows you to design and customize your own news page. For instance, if you are interested in sports, you can arrange your news page to display sports topics. If you prefer a certain news source, such as Fox News, you can make it your primary source. The Personalized Search feature requires authentication.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

MIKE SAMBUCO (2013): »Great news if you’re already a Google user: all of the wonderful Google search operators work for Google News. As a result, the transition to using Google News should be pretty simple if you’re used to Google. Additionally, you’ll also be able to use a couple of operators solely meant for Google News. Included in that list are: location: This operator picks out articles that come from a user-selected location source: This operator is meant to pick out articles from a specific publisher. This can be a newspaper, blog, or website. Entering a search term into the Google News toolbar will send you to the news results. There, you’ll also see the ability to narrow those results by looking at only blogs and filtering by date, and also the ability to sort by relevance or date. Here, you’ll not only be able to filter by date, but you can even create a custom date range to filter by. Scrolling down to the bottom of the page reveals the ability to do two great things if you plan on searching for news on this particular topic frequently. The first is to create an email alert for your news search. Clicking this link will send you to a page where you can decide on alert frequency. The second is creating an RSS feed for this news search. Clicking this link will allow you to add the news search to your feed reader.« Source


Wikipedia (2015): »On September 7, 2008, United Airlines, which was the subject of an indexed, archived article, lost and later not quite regained US$1 billion in market value when a 2002 Chicago Tribune article about the bankruptcy filing of the airline in that year appeared in the current "most viewed" category on the website of the Sun-Sentinel, a sister paper. Google News index's next pass found the link as new news, and Income Security Advisors found the Google result to be new news, Source

References & further Publications

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Other Sources

Metamend: Google News Engine URL:
Laurie Sullivan (2019): Google Considers Pulling News Service From Search Engine In Europe URL:

Created: 2013-02-18