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Google News Gets More Personal with Desktop Redesign

On the occasion of its 20th birthday, Google News has received a facelift for desktop users, with a makeover that prioritises customised and local news. By clicking the blue “customise” button on the right-hand column (it’s located just below “Picks For You”), users may now more easily alter the subjects that are displayed to them.

By clicking the options icon to the right of the Local News header, they may also add numerous places to the “Local News” section. Practically speaking, the greatest change is the relocation of numerous news categories, including international, business, science, and health, from the left-hand side of the screen to a menu bar at the top.

According to Google, the “Fact Check” section has been enlarged and now features viral claims that have been refuted by groups like Full Fact. It’s nestled down near the bottom of the webpage in an area that most people won’t see, so it’s actually not that conspicuous. Overall, I believe that Google News has been redesigned to resemble a newspaper’s top page rather than an aggregator like an RSS feed (RIP Google Reader). Even if the improvement is slight, it is appreciated.

On Wednesday, Alphabet reactivated Google News in Spain, eight years after it had to suspend the site due to a Spanish law requiring it and other news aggregators to pay publishers for using their news snippets. Madrid enacted legislation last year incorporating the updated 2020 European Union copyright regulations, enabling media organisations to engage in direct negotiations with the internet giant.

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