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Google News Reviews Last Year

Improvements aplenty, though some were better than others

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Over the past month or so, we’ve covered a handful of related-to-2007 stories, and with every one, thought it was the last.  Yet we’re going back at least once more, as a product manager has decided to review Google News’s progress.

Google News Reviews Last Year
    Google’s 2007 Year In Review

On the Google News Blog, Yaron Binur lists a number of improvements in several different areas.  One of the most important has to relate to better duplicate detection – there’s nothing like trying to sort through 168 articles when half of them are the same Reuters piece.

Another nice upgrade was the inclusion of videos.  In many cases, we’ve found it’s quicker and easier to just read about an event, but there’s sometimes no substitute for seeing a recording or simulation of whatever happened.

Hearing directly from experts and newsmakers is nice, too, but the enabling of comments on Google News seems to have had little effect.  Even if people mentioned in articles can have their say, it appears that few of them want to.

Ah, well – Google tried.  And to conclude his summary, Binur invited readers to "[p]lease keep telling us what you think about our new features, and what new features would really make you happy."

Google News Reviews Last Year
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