Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Google News leaves beta

Google seems to have a thing about leaving things in beta for years, no matter how popular they are or any other factor. Founded in 2002, Google News must be used daily by millions of people, and Google has finally decided that it can leave Beta. If you don't know what it is, Google says:

Google News is a highly unusual news service in that our results are compiled solely by computer algorithms, without human intervention. As a result, news sources are selected without regard to political viewpoint or ideology, enabling you to see how different organisations are reporting the same story. This variety of perspectives and approaches is unique among online news sites, and we consider it essential in helping you stay informed about the issues that matter most to you.

So there you are. They added a new feature today; individual recommended stories, using algorithms similar to their personalised search feature. The Official Google Blog has more details on the new feature and Google News here.

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