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Google US News Gets Larger Pics and a Social Perspective Google US News Gets Larger Pics and a Social Perspective

Over the next week Google is going to be making some changes to the way US news searches appear on their pages. The first change is going to be larger images on their main page. They are also adding a …

Another Reason for Murdoch Not to Like Google
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News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has had a lot of issues with search engines – most notably, Google. He has repeatedly threatened to block News Corp. content from search engines, but content from the Wall Street Journal, for example, still populates a significant amount of Google search results to this day.

Google Revamps Google News Homepage
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Google has made some changes to the Google News homepage.

"There’s an old saying that all news is local," says Google’s Kevin Stolt. "But all news is personal too—we connect with it in different ways depending on our interests, where we live, what we do and a lot of other factors. Today we’re revamping the Google News homepage with several changes designed to make the news that you see more relevant to you."

This video pretty much sums it up:

Bing Highlights Why You’ve Been Using Google News
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Along with many other features Bing has launched this week, it has revamped Bing News, which now includes some new features.

For one, you can set your local hometown to get headlines from. Google has let you do this for quite some time, but Bing hasn’t, and now it does. Although you can include multiple locations in your Google News mix if you wish.

Google Explains Recrawling for Updated News
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Google has a post up on the Google News blog today talking a little bit about how it recrawls news content in order to provide the most up to date content and eliminate dead links.

"How do you balance looking for new content against the need to update older content? How can you make sure the content is fresh, doesn’t link to dead pages or display headlines that have been changed by the publisher?" asks Google.

Google States Case for Online News in WSJ
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Update: The Wall Street Journal is running a piece from Google CEO Eric Schmidt on how Google can help newspapers. It’s an interesting read.

Google News SEO Tips – Ranking in News Search
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I thought that one of the more interesting topics addressed at Search Engine Strategies San Jose a while back was that of SEO and the publishing industry. This is an industry seemingly at war with entities like Google (at least partially), even though there are clearly measures publishers could take, which would make Google and Google News in particular work to their advantage.