Google News is updating its desktop site with a new design that lets you follow global and local news on one screen. The redesign places the summary section, local news, and top picks on a page in different columns so it’s easier for you to follow the news on the topics and regions that matter to you.
So far, if you’re logged into Google News, you’ll see the headlines section first, along with the weather widget to the side. Other sections such as World, For You, and Local News can be accessed by scrolling down or clicking on those topics in the sidebar.
The redesign moves all of the sidebar topics to the top of the screen, to better accommodate other columns like local news and top picks. The weather widget now occupies a small space at the top right of the screen. Google tried to replicate the feeling of reading a newspaper or magazine – but through a desktop website.
“This change is the latest way we bring local information to users around the world. Last year we extended a feature on Google Search so that readers around the world can now view a collection of local news when Google finds relevant local news coverage for it helps them easily find stories of local news publishers, the company said in a statement.
Additionally, you can click the “Customize” button next to the “Your Topics” section to select which topics you want to eventually see on the homepage, and even shuffle the order in which they appear randomly. .
The new version of Google News also includes a revamped fact check section, which now also shows you the original claim and the verified rating for more context. Earlier this year, Google introduced a new “mentioned” tag in search to highlight the story’s original source.
The company reported that with these changes Google News returns to Spain Eight years laterThanks to the new copyright law. The company says Google News is already present in 125 countries and 40 languages, and generates 24 billion clicks on publishers’ sites every month.
Google said it was opening applications for its News Fund, which is a grant to freelance journalists or small news organizations to produce original stories. The company will accept orders until July 21 from almost every country in the world, except for China and Russia.
Yesterday, Google quietly dropped its appeal against a 500 million euro fine for an antitrust license in France. This came after French authorities approved the company’s behavioral commitments made in December. In a blog post, Google said it has content agreements with more than… 150 publications in the country.