Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

For the past few months, Google has been testing new news layouts in the wild. Today, they announced those tests are now official. If you’re signed into your Google account, you’ll now see “News for You” under the three “Top Stories” area. The stories in the News for You area are personalized and recommended based upon your Web search history….

A new look for Google News is appearing in the wild. The new layout still uses three columns for categories, top stories and recent news. Departing from the traditional blue ‘news-only’ links, the new design includes video news and related opinion and news stories in the main results. Historically, Google has presented green links for alternate news agency stories and a link for all sources. In the newly spotted layout the “all sources” link only appears beneath the top-most story. In-line with the link are icons for sharing. In line with the phased rollout of their social strategy, Google’s new…

Google is constantly testing out new features in search, advertising, and products. Here’s a quick rundown of four of their latest tests involving Twitter profile integration, AdWords display URL spacing, a revamped News layout, and AdSense ad variations….

A French court fined Google 430,000 Euros for four breaches of copyright, while the Spanish courts are considering referring a ‘right to be forgotten’ case involving 80 instances to the European Court of Justice. “We’re pleased that the [Spanish] court is considering asking guidance from Europe’s top court on whether Spain’s [data-protection agency] has overridden European law. It shows that key issues are at stake,” Peter Barron, Google’s head of European external relations, said in a statement,” the Wall Street Journal reported….

Google News users are familiar with the color-coded categories on the left side bar. These categories include Top Stories, World, Business, Sports, etc. Now, Google News is giving you the ability to customize your categories based on a search query….

On Jan. 20, 2011, YouTube changed its homepage layout. On Jan. 28, Liz of the YouTube Team said in the Help Forum, “We’ve been listening over the past week, and it’s clear that some of you don’t like the new homepage.”…

Like many of my neighbors in the Northeast, I’m hunkered down at home today because of the Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010. And while searching for “Winter Storm” in Google News I discovered a YouTube video from WNYC Radio….

Newsknife has just announced its ninth annual list of the top news sites based on their appearances in Google News. And for the first time, Newsknife has announced its first list of the top journalists based on appearances of their stories in Google News….

A new feature on the Google News home page shows which stories have been shared the most by Google users and on Twitter, though it isn’t clear if Google is tracking any other sources (e.g., Facebook). You have the option of viewing the most shared stories over the past 24 hours, past week, and past month….

Google will pay $8.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought against the company after its launch of Google Buzz….