Google News Engine

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.

Other interesting features include:

  • Trace the history of a story
  • View news by country

News is also delivered via XML and Atom feeds, but this requires a feed reader. Google News supports Atom 0.3 and RSS 2.0.