Posted by Mayuresh Saoji, Product Manager, Google News There’s something special about reading news on your tablet. Indeed, swiping through articles brings to mind the familiar feeling of flipping through a favorite magazine or newspaper. Starting today, Google News feels even more natural and fluid on tablet devices. For example:
You can find new articles, news sources, and even topics of interest with intuitive gestures. Swipe horizontally between sections – from Business to Entertainment, for example – or tap “Explore in depth” to see multiple articles and other info related to a particular story.
We’ve also added more breathing room between articles, making it easier to spot the stories you really care about.
We think these improvements will help Google News send even more visits to news sites (six billion per month and counting).
We’ll be rolling out this new experience in the US over the next few days. To give it a try, just visit news.google.comwith your Nexus 7, Nexus 10, or iPad.
Last year we updated Google News to make it easier for you to scan for stories that are interesting to you and let you dig deeper when you find them. Today we’re announcing an update that brings some of those same ideas to news search.
Over the next few days we’ll be rolling out the following features:
Click-to-expand news results clusters: Each news results cluster is collapsed down to one result with the exception of the first cluster. Click on the “Show more” link to see articles from more sources. This improvement makes it much easier to scan through the search results to find just the collection of news coverage you’re looking for.
Multimedia: Within some of the expanded results clusters you’ll see a bar of videos and photos that relate to each cluster’s content. Click on any of these for more coverage of the story.
Layout updates: The cluster image now appears on the left and the source information has been moved to below the article links for better readability.
You can try this out by doing a search on Google News or by clicking on the “News” filter on the web search results page. We hope you like these changes and that they improve your experience searching the news.
Posted by Krishna Bharat, Distinguished Scientist and Founder, Google News
Google News launched on September 22, 2002—exactly a decade ago.
Inspired by the widespread interest in news after the September 11 attacks, we invested in technology to help people search and browse news relevant to them. Google News broke new ground in news aggregation by gathering links in real time, grouping articles by story and ranking stories based on the editorial opinions of publishers worldwide. Linking to a diverse set of sources for any given story enabled readers to easily access different perspectives and genres of content. By featuring opposing viewpoints in the same display block, people were encouraged to hear arguments on both sides of an issue and gain a more balanced perspective.
In the last ten years, Google News has grown to 72 editions in 30 languages, and now draws from more than 50,000 news sources. The technology also powers Google’s news search. Together, they connect 1 billion unique users a week to news content.
Take a look back at the past decade in Google News through the top stories from each year and a few notable features that have launched in the interim:
It’s undeniable that the online news landscape has changed immensely. Smartphones and social networks have transformed how news is accessed and sourced, and shifted the relationship between readers and authors. Open journalism is the norm, and aggregation by humans and machines is an integral part of the ecosystem. New technologies such as Hangouts on Air have the potential to connect users, journalists and opinion makers and transform how stories are discussed.
Opportunities abound, and we are excited for where we can take this product in the next decade. While change is inevitable, one thing remains the same: our mission is to bring you the news you want, when you need it, from a diverse set of sources.
Posted by Rudy Galfi, Product Manager, Google News
The day after the historic 1929 stock market crash, Variety bannered their front page with these words: “WALL ST. LAYS AN EGG.” It’s a great headline: pithy, catchy, and expressive of the substance of the story as well as the scale of its consequences. It’s also worth noting that Variety’s editors had a full day to write the headline—millions of readers weren’t trying to search for the story within seconds of hearing about it.
The Web has transformed both how news organizations report information and the way users find it. Imagine if “WALL ST. LAYS AN EGG” were used as a headline today by an online news site. Since the headline is a sequence of text that’s only readily understandable by a human, most machine algorithms would probably attach some sort of biological association to it. In turn, this would make it difficult for millions of curious users who are using Google.com or Google News to find the best article about the stock market crash they just heard about.
To help solve this problem, today we’re excited to announce a news_keywords metatag. The goal is simple: empower news writers to express their stories freely while helping Google News to properly understand and classify that content so that it’s discoverable by our wide audience of users.
Similar in spirit to the plain keywords metatag, the news_keywords metatag lets publishers specify a collection of terms that apply to a news article. These words don’t need to appear anywhere within the headline or body text. Taking the Variety example above, news keywords such as “stocks”, “stock market”, or “crash” would be helpful in allowing Google News to better understand the article content for ranking without forcing the editors to water down the creativity of a great headline. Because the metatag appears only as part of the HTML code of a page, visitors to a site won’t ever see the magic under the hood.
Keep in mind that this metatag will be one signal among many that our algorithms use to determine ranking. The news_keywords metatag is intended as a tool — but high-quality reporting and interesting news content remain the strongest ways to put your newsroom’s work in front of Google News users.
Posted by Scott Zuccarino, Product Manager, Google News
When a story breaks, Google News is designed to give you the most relevant articles from a variety of sources — from national news outlets, to local points of view, to expert opinion pieces. To continue to expand your views on the news, we are adding three new features for those using our US edition: larger images on our main page; a new realtime coverage page to surface the latest articles and commentary; and relevant Google+ posts for a new social perspective.
Get coverage in real time Our new realtime coverage page is now available for every news story as soon as they become available to Google News.
See relevant comments on top stories Many news stories inspire vibrant discussions on Google+, and today we’re starting to add this content to both the News homepage, and the realtime coverage pages. This way you can see what your circles, journalists covering the story and notables like politicians or others who are the subjects of stories have to say about breaking news, and even contribute to the discussion directly from Google News.
Note that these Google+ discussions will only appear for those of you reading the US edition who have signed in and upgraded to Google+.
If you’d like to try these new Google+ features in News, it’s easy to upgrade here. That said, if you prefer your Google News to contain just news stories and no Google+ posts, you can either log out of Google or turn off the display of Google+ posts via the Google News settings page.
We’re rolling out all of these features over the next week, so don’t worry if you don’t see them immediately. Today’s updates are the latest examples of how we’re working to provide users with a beautiful, consistent experience across Google. So we hope you enjoy them.
Whether we’re getting the latest election news, making sense of the day’s stock market activity or looking for an update on our favorite celebrities, we rely on publishers to inform and entertain us. Online publishers often fund the creation of this content through ads; sometimes they ask you to pay for content directly, by buying a subscription or purchasing a particular article.
Now, you may see a new option: the ability to access some of this content by responding to microsurveys, without having to pull out your wallet or sign in. When a site has implemented this option, you’ll see a prompt that offers you a choice between answering a market research question or completing another action specified by the publisher (such as signing up for an account or purchasing access). All responses are completely anonymous — they aren’t tied to your identity or later used to target ads. The prompts look like this:
Publishers get paid for hosting surveys. A number of publishers, such as the The Texas Tribune, the Star Tribune and Adweek have already started running these microsurveys on their sites.
So what’s the point of these questions? From international brands to local food trucks, every business owner wants to make important decisions with their customers’ feedback in mind. That’s why we’ve created Google Consumer Surveys, a new business-facing product that makes custom market research easy. It enables companies to ask questions (the ones you’ll later see on your screen) and get back quantitative results quickly, accurately and cost-effectively. Companies have already been using it to research everything from online shopping behavior (Lucky Brand Jeans) to gluten-free baking mixes (King Arthur Flour), and to assess brand awareness (Timbuk2) and inform product development (479 Popcorn). Google shares the money these companies spend with our publisher partners.
The idea behind Google Consumer Surveys is to create a model that benefits everyone. You get to keep enjoying your favorite online content, publishers have an additional option for making money from that content, and businesses have a new way of finding out what their customers want.
If you’re a publisher interested in running microsurveys on your site, let us know.
It is 2012- nothing’s changed from Yahoo & Hotmail’s supposed uber spam filtering services.
It is the same as it was say 5 years ago. We are still receiving tons of junk mails on a daily basis and most of it happen to arrive right in our inbox folders. Google’s Gmail isn’t perfect but it detects almost all of the spams!
Today, we received an email on Yahoo Mail in what looked like a letter from Google Adwords. It even managed to have the ‘from’ address set to email@example.com. We have an account with Adwords so we opened it. We immediately sensed it was a fake.
First of all, legitimate sites never address their users with a general: “Dear users” or “Dear members”- The mail will always address you with your full name or your username. Secondly, legitimate sites never send out a mail without addressing anybody! In this case, the mail just read:
Your account is about to expire.
In order to remain active, please click the link below and verify your account now.
Thank You, Google AdWords
Since scammers are very much alive on the internet, and fake emails arrive in great numbers, there must be a lot of people who still fall for it and become victims of virus, malware attacks or worse identity theft.
What to do? Can’t really do much other than NOT to fall for it!!! Do not go unrecognized websites! If you are curious, do a Google search on a company site before going directly to the questionable site.
Here are some ways to detect a FAKE email and ways to safeguard yourself on the net:
Do you recognize the sender? No? Then MARK it as SPAM or Junk and or delete.
In Doubt? Check the FULL HEADER to see where the mail originated. In this case it says the IP isn’t permitted by Google.com as sender.
Received-SPF: softfail (transitioning domain of google.com does not designate 184.108.40.206 as permitted sender)
Check for typos, misspellings, grammatical errors.
Legitimate websites pay a copy editor, a writer, and or a marketing guru to create their emails. They are experienced, highly educated people and are paid to make sure the emails or any reading materials that go out bearing the company brand is free from errors or dead links!
Hover on the link before clicking it!!
When you hover on a link (place your mouse pointer to the link), the URL of the link will show up at the bottom of your browser. If the email says it came from Paypal. The URL has to show the exact URL of Paypal such as: firstname.lastname@example.org and NOT email@example.com or any variation thereof of the URL.
You know it’s a scam, DO NOT CLICK ON IT THEN!
You get curious and you click on a link- sometimes that is enough to trigger an attack to your computer. By clicking, you just activated any spyware, malware or tracking beacons waiting to be unleashed on your machine! Some are harmless but annoying, monitoring your habits online so they can send you more junk stuff based on what you sites you visit. They snoop basically. Some are harmful that attacks your registry that upon reboot, your computer will no longer behave as it should and will redirect all your browsing to a set of spam websites.
If you get a malware or spyware…
Doing a “system restore” will restore your previous computer settings to where everything was working fine. Rather than just “cleaning,” system restore is most effective in clearing up everything to a state before your computer was messed up.
If you had set your machine to have regular restore points, then you can select to a date where you know things were normal and fine. It will not delete your old program installations, however, it will delete any NEW updates or programs created after your selected restore date- so choose your dates carefully. If you have the disc or copy of the new program, then it shouldn’t be an issue, just reinstall it after the system restore and create a new restore point.
TO FIND SYSTEM RESTORE ON YOUR PC, just go to your start menu and type “System Restore” on your search bar. The computer will find it for you. Click on that and start the process. Read and follow instructions.
If you are unable to boot your machine after an attack then you need a computer tech to repair your system.
Be smart. Do not be gullible. If it’s too good to be true then it is!! There is no such thing as ‘free lunch’. This goes way back, from the time our parents told us ‘never talk to strangers’ or ‘never accept candies from a stranger’– it is the same warning! If you don’t know the sender, don’t click on the links!! Simple as that.