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Google Adds News Personalization

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the what-doesn't-it-do dept.

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downbad writes "ZDNet is reporting that the Google News home page is now customizable, allowing you to add or delete main news categories (such as business, sports and so on), as well as increasing or decreasing the number of headlines within a section. They've also introduced a feature that lets you create your own section using keywords for a topic that interests you."

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Being a mobile user I love the text only option... (5, Informative)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898550)

Being that I'm a mobile web user most of the time I really appreciate the addition of text only [google.com] news.google.com. It's not that the page didn't load fast enough as it was but the text only version is left justified and is rendered a lot better than it normally is.

While you can modify the layout to left justify almost everything now it still doesn't remove the "customize this page" box and a couple of stories (from Top Stories) on the right side. Oh well it's still in beta ;)

Re:Being a mobile user I love the text only option (2, Interesting)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898757)

I browse on a mobile phone, and its screen is teeny tiny (think 128x128 pixels). Google is clever enough to sniff the user-agent and provide a small, 5-result version for me, which I think is rather nice of it.

It's a shame this only works for web searching, not Groups or News. News returns a file too big error, even with the text-only version you mentioned. Is there a way to get a mini-version of the news site as well?

HTML !=TEXT/PLAIN (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898885)


i hate it when search engines say "text version" when in reality its just "less html", look at the google "text" page bullshit
it has images,colours,tables,fonts,css,script, in fact all the things that somebody expecting a "text" doesn't want, its pretty obvious they fail to see the whole point of having a "text" mode

call it "lite html version" but "text version" it certainly aint

What the hell? (1)

Ads are broken (718513) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898556)

I finally saw Star Trek: Nemesis. They freaking killed Data?!

Re:What the hell? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898626)

And the franchise. Two birds, one stone!

Re:What the hell? (1)

Hakubi_Washu (594267) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898841)

Actually they had his retarded second and hitherto unknown brother take his place, which is a lot worse than simply killing him...

Google devotion (5, Insightful)

northcat (827059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898565)

Would slashdot have reported this if it was Yahoo (or something else) which did this instead of Google?

No (3, Informative)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898592)

No because it wouldn't be news, sinc eyou have been able to do this at http://my.yahoo.com for going on 3 years now. As well, My Yahoo! leys you add RSS feeds... Google doesn't (although they let you add custom search feeds, which is different).

Re:No (1)

g33ker (853100) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898900)

It would be sweet if google let you add feeds... but The only feed I would want to add is slashdot :p

Re:No (1, Informative)

self assembled struc (62483) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898952)

3 years? My Yahoo launched in 1997.

That's 8 years by my reconing.

I mean, yeah, Google is pretty cool, but man, people really gotta get off their jock.

Re:Google devotion (-1, Offtopic)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898593)

Google is the new iPod which followed SCO. Personally I think it's better than hearing about the Michael Jackson drama.

YMMV.

Re:Google devotion (5, Insightful)

Simon (S2) (600188) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898602)

Would slashdot have reported this if it was Yahoo (or something else) which did this instead of Google?


No. Because if Yahoo! did it, it would be cluttered with ads and unusable, but if google does it, it is a new useful service that is interesting and makes intelligent use of new implementation of current technologies (like the drag&drop customization of the news items that interest you).

Re:Google devotion (4, Insightful)

weierstrass (669421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898672)

No. Because if Yahoo! did it, it would be cluttered with ads and unusable, but if google does it, it is a new useful service that is interesting and makes intelligent use of new implementation of current technologies
This is exactly the attitude that has turned the front page of /. into adspace for any new crap google think they're going to dominate the world with this week. Google provide a pretty decent search engine. In fact it's probably the best. This does not mean that their 'beta' email system is any better than anyone else's, that they are a benevolent company who love technology for it's own sake, that they are the future of the Internet, or indeed that they are trying to do anything other than maximise shareholder value by providing marketable web services.

Re:Google devotion (-1, Troll)

Simon (S2) (600188) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898730)

their 'beta' email system is any better than anyone else's, that they are a benevolent company who love technology for it's own sake, that they are the future of the Internet, or indeed that they are trying to do anything other than maximise shareholder value by providing marketable web services.

I completely agree with you. And let me add that google did nothing really new or innovating. Ever.

- Email? was here before.
- Maps? too.
- News? old stuff as well.
- Image search? Was already here.

I can't really understand all this hype every time google makes a little change to one of their pages.

Re:Google devotion (1)

omnipotens (567130) | more than 9 years ago | (#11899012)

1.
Lots of companies do great things while they're trying to maximise shareholder value. How's about Redhat, Mandrake, etc.? How about Apple? There is such a thing as a good corporation.

2.
Judging from my experience, and what other people have said about it, their free e-mail is in fact much better than others. And that compressed JavaScript thing that they're using to power their superior e-mail, superior maps, superior search "suggest" feature, and superior news customization is in fact new and interesting technology.

Here's a few things that make Google's free e-mail a bit "nicer" than others:

*Free POP Access
*Free Forwarding
*Blistering speed compared to other webmail

3.
Google gets a lot of press on slashdot because they are a group who is investing incredible amounts of time and money into resarch, not because slashdot has some sort of unnatural love of Google-- we all know that slashdot has a highly unnatural love of penguins :).

Slashdot idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898984)

The sad thing is that slashdot idiots modded this insightful. Yahoo had this feature 5 years ago. The Google slogan must be Google: bringing you outdated technology today.

Re:Slashdot idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11899026)

The Google slogan must be Google: bringing you outdated technology today.

It is only outdated if it's no longer useful. If it's useful, it should be considered "classic."

Re:Google devotion (5, Insightful)

skraps (650379) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898677)

Speaking of Yahoo, is anyone else afraid that Google will turn into Yahoo if they keep adding services?

Every time they come out with something new, everyone says "oh cool, i'll use that!" But look at Yahoo's homepage after ten years of that business. I'm sure there are some good services in there, but it's hard to find them among all the ... other good services.

Re:Google devotion (3, Interesting)

shawn0122 (866574) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898751)

That is a constant worry because when companies try to cover everything like Microsoft, they seem to stop innovating on the products that made them what they are in the first place. Google is much better then Yahoo by having many built in functions accessed through the search field instead of displaying them on their home page.

Re:Google devotion (0, Troll)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898764)

Would slashdot have reported this if it was Yahoo (or something else) which did this instead of Google?

I predict that later today, Slashdot will announce that Google's Director of Marketing has eaten a Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich for lunch.

Saw it this morning (4, Insightful)

Hamfist (311248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898573)


I think it's great. I'm a Canadian, currently in Chile, and in preparations for a move to Mexico. I am interested in US News, Canadian News, Mexican News, and International News. I could care less about Sports, Entertainment, and Health News, so I get rid of them. This is even better than workspaces for me.

Good work google.

Re:Saw it this morning (1)

RyanG34 (866569) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898599)

I think it's great too. Google is one of the most innovative companies out there. Possibly one of the best unless you are posting personal derogatory blogs relating to google. lol

Re:Saw it this morning (2, Insightful)

Matthias Wiesmann (221411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898621)

Same thing here, I used to switch between the Swiss, French and US google news sites. Now I can use a single page with the news I am interested in.

One nice feature would be able to select news geographically (in particular for local news). Countries are not really a good granularity when you are close to the border. I suppose the ideal solution would be to have new geo-tagged, but we are not here yet.

Re:Saw it this morning (1)

Hamfist (311248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898684)



That's an excellent idea, you should develop it some more and sell it to Google :) I'm sure they's find good use for it. As I find myself moving about in this world, being able to get the information most relevant to my situation is becoming more difficult.

One example would be very useful, I think, would be the ability to select one or more countries to search in from the main Web search. Currently Google does this for the country specific subdomains (google.cl lets me restrict search to Chilean pages), but not enabled for multiple countries at the same time.

Re:Saw it this morning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898707)

I think it's great. I'm a Canadian, currently in Chile, and in preparations for a move to Mexico.

You should try the new Google Slanderize feature -- it'll instantly bring up articles that you can sue for huge cash awards in your area.

Re:Saw it this morning (2, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898726)

US News, Canadian News

Isn't that pretty much the same thing?

Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

Re:Saw it this morning (1)

Hamfist (311248) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898818)

Hehe, that's fairly funny. Hope it get's modded up.

On the serious side, the news that shows up for Canada and the US is wildy different from google news. I get tidbits of news from the cities where my family lives. I don't think anything that happens in Calgary will make the US news page unless it affects US Interests.

Could NOT care less (1)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898877)

Please take this in the spirit of constructive criticism - if /. had a means for one user to send another a private message via the /. message system I would have used that method.

"I could care less about Sports...."

The expression is "I could not care less" - if you can care less, then you care some - if you cannot care less, then you don't care at all.

Now, if you want, you can use this expression:

I could care less about <thing>, but it would be an effort.

Re:Could NOT care less (1)

Mr. Quick (35198) | more than 9 years ago | (#11899124)

If I had mod points, you'd get them.

I have few pet peeves, but this error bugs me a lot.

I wonder if there will be a Rather-ize option? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898574)

I'd love to see stories that should be true.

/ Courage!

Whats your custom section? (2, Interesting)

8400_RPM (716968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898576)

I created a custom section that searches for movies. What has everyone else added?

Re:Whats your custom section? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898674)

Give a shit

Re:Whats your custom section? (1)

d3bruts1d (639027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898856)

I've added sections for:
"Overclockers Club"
"Mozilla"
"Slashdot"
"Google"
"Warcraft"

Layout is like this:

OCC | Sci/Tech
Mozilla | Google
Slashdot | Entertainment
Warcraft | US
Business | World
Health | Sports
Nothing | More Top Stories

Re:Whats your custom section? (1)

Poppler (822173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898977)

I think the custom sections need more options.

It currently allows you to narrow your search down to one existing section. It would be nice to be able to select multiple sections to search from; for example, I created an "Apple" section, and I would like to be able to pull the results from both "sci/tech" and "business". Instead I'm stuck putting it in "All Sections", and the number one story is "Golden Apple Wows Teacher" [suntimes.com].

I would also like to be able to filter out stories with certain keywords. I created a "Music" section, and I would like to get rid of stories that contain the phrase "face the music" (most of them not being music-related). Even when the search is narrowed down to the entertainment section, I'm still seeing results about Dan Rather. And I wouldn't mind being able to get rid of the Michael Jackson stories.

Re:Whats your custom section? (1)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 9 years ago | (#11899024)

I also created a movies section, and have created various Tech-like sections. I would not be surprised at all if google monitors the most common custom sections and adds them to the primary interface, expect to see movies up there soon!

Yahoo's been doing this for years... (5, Insightful)

orlinius (181137) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898580)

What's exactly the news here?
Yahoo's been doing this for years.

Ah, I forgot, it's Google. Anything as much as a difference in the atmospheric pressure around the Google campus makes the front page on slashdot.

Re:Yahoo's been doing this for years... (1, Funny)

n0dalus (807994) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898624)

Anything as much as a difference in the atmospheric pressure around the Google campus makes the front page on slashdot.

Google has a campus?! Someone ought to submit a Slashdot story about this.

Re:Yahoo's been doing this for years... (2, Funny)

weierstrass (669421) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898717)

They breathe air at Google?

Re:Yahoo's been doing this for years... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898772)

No, they breath vapourised Caffine. At least that's the only way I can explain the amount of cool stuff that comes out of that place...

Re:Yahoo's been doing this for years... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898752)

The atmospheric pressure around google changed? Brilliant! STP is inefficient for searching the large quantity of searches which they serve.

Re:Yahoo's been doing this for years... (3, Insightful)

dfn5 (524972) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898774)

What's exactly the news here?
Maybe that Google has just started doing this making it a current event and therfore news worthy.
Yahoo's been doing this for years.
Yahoo having started this service years ago makes it not a current event and therefore not news worthy.

One Word (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898600)

They've also introduced a feature that lets you create your own section using keywords for a topic that interests you."

Porn.

Business Direction (3, Interesting)

Puls4r (724907) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898609)

News, Maps, etc. It certainly appears that Google is poising themselves to become a one-stop internet site.

However, they won't be able to do so without becoming an ISP. So the question is, where and when will Google break into the ISP market so they can capture a gauranteed customer base to compete with Yahoo and MSN?

Is there a likely company for Google to partner with?

Re:Business Direction (3, Insightful)

odano (735445) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898681)

Why does google need to be an ISP?

I don't think google is worried about capturing a guaranteed customer base, because they already have one. If somebody is doing a web search, the plurality of users already come to google. As long as they keep adding more features, I dont think they are going to have to worry about losing these users to Yahoo/MSN.

Also, if somebody wants to switch search engines from yahoo->google, they just change the URL. But if google gets into the ISP market, what incentive is there for people already happy with their Yahoo DSL service or Verizon/MSN Service to switch? They may save a few bucks (assuming google can even field a more competitive price), but they have to go through the entire hassle of changing ISPs just so they can have google automatically be their homepage?

Now... (3, Insightful)

Ailure (853833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898630)

I hope i'm not the only one who want a such featuree on Slashdot too. Wouldn't that feature be quite useful here?

Re:Now... (1)

salemlb (857652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898750)

please... someone mod this clown as funny before anyone actually takes him seriously... the last thing we need is for people to think that slashdot lifted its front page customizing scheme from google.

Now personalize the main page (1)

bbzzdd (769894) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898632)

I really don't like the images popping up on certain searches on the main page now. The new functionality really takes away from the clean, minimalist Google feel. At least make it an option to disable it.

Localization would be Nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898633)

I mean, the US News page still has soccer and rugby stories instead of the ethnocentric stuff so many of US care about.

wow (1, Redundant)

Momoru (837801) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898637)

I know this redundant, but seriously MSN and Yahoo have had this since the late 90s. Google news's popularity despite having this functionality should have been the story.

Why? (1, Insightful)

ColdGrits (204506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898649)

Why is it "news" when Google do another "me too" service?

I mean, let's face it. Yahoo, Reteurs and many others have been doing this sort of thing for years now.
Why is it suddenly news that Google have caught up?

Re:Why? (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898789)

Why is it suddenly news that Google have caught up?

Because, let's face it. Over the last couple of weeks, the news has been rather slow and /. needs to post something every now and then. Otherwise, all of us would lose interest.

Re:Why? (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898831)

I mean, let's face it. Yahoo, Reteurs and many others have been doing this sort of thing for years now. Why is it suddenly news that Google have caught up?>

"News?" Who said anything about "News?"

You can't tell me I'm the only one here believing that money is not changing hands here. Because the Google and EFF stories don't appear in the little boxes off to the top and sides of the page does not make them any less than the paid advertisements they are.

I'm sure the rates are premium as well, cuz this site's paid subscribers can't turn them off as we can the 'traditional' boxed and banner ads.

Next Week's Headline (4, Funny)

altek (119814) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898661)

Google Switches to Slashcode, Hostile Takeover of Slashdot In Planning Stages ;)

Support for Opera (4, Informative)

TheJavaGuy (725547) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898662)

Customized news requires you to have both Javascript and cookies turned on. Your browser must be Internet Explorer 6.0 (or newer), Netscape 7.1 (or newer), Mozilla 1.4 (or newer), Firefox 0.8 (or newer), Opera 7.54 (or newer), or Safari 1.2.2 (or newer).

Wow, Google finally relased a product/update that works on the Opera browser. It took a long time for Google: Suggest, Maps, etc. to work properly on Opera.

Kudos to Google.

Grrr.... what a tease! (1)

bafu (580052) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898665)

I had just been thinking yesterday that I wish I still had my "What a Wonderful World" news page. I had a service at the time which let me build a page using a set of keywords, so I made one with "genocide" "death squad" "ethnic cleansing" and on and on. It was a great dose of perspective.

The Google thing seems to only let you set up one list of keywords, all of which must all appear in the article, however. sigh... that will not do

whoopdy-fricking-doo (1)

stubear (130454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898673)

I've been able to do this for years with MSN.com. The latest incarnation of this site allows me to not only customize the home page, I can also add specialized content pages. In addition to my general home page which includes traffic reports, weather, headline news, and Slate editorials amongst other things, I have pages for more in-depth coverage of local and national news, sports, a comics page, and a movie listing and reviews page. MSN.com has content from hundreds of sources from content providers like CNET, eBay, Slate, NY Times, MSNBC, and quite a few others. While the page works better in IE on Windows, it still works in Firefox sans some of the more elaborate customization features such as resizable columns and dragging content around to reorder it on the page.

Customizable Search!!!! (1)

Evil W1zard (832703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898694)

"They've also introduced a feature that lets you create your own section using keywords for a topic that interests you." -- Why not just use RSS?

Customize news.google.com for your dictatorship! (5, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898699)

New, from Google!

Tired of unfiltered news from the democratic infodels of the world cluttering the mindset of your nation's population? Worry no more!

With only a few clicks of the mouse, you can customize the news categories, topics, outlets and reporters that you wish to be provided to your nation. Even better, use our genius inline search and replace system that lets you manipulate simple regexes to substitute chosen phrases with your own!

Just another service from your friends at Google!

(Well, it's an idea...!)

Sub-Par (4, Insightful)

hamlet2600 (739627) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898712)

I honestly believe google is doing amazing things with internet based UIs, but this one leaves a lot to be desired. Its not very intuitive and I find it kind of hard to use. Its not nearly as elegant as gMail or as easy to use as Maps. I wonder why this one seems to be a shotty hack.

Bah (-1, Flamebait)

cca93014 (466820) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898714)

In other groundbreaking, headline news, a cleaner at some fucking Google office farted and almost followed through.

I mean, jesus. They provide a decent search engine. Big fucking deal. The amount of coverage /. is giving to Google for every pathetic little detail is really beginning to piss me off.

OMG PERSONALISATION !!!111ONEONE!!! HOLD THE FRONT PAGE, MOTHERFUCKERS!

Sycophants.

Re:Bah (1)

Skater (41976) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898922)

I'd say it's past the point of pissing you off. ;)

And my standard response: You don't have to click on "Read More"...if you don't find the article interesting, read something else. Do you complain to the newspaper when they print an article you don't read?)

personalized news (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898719)

"They've also introduced a feature that lets you create your own section using keywords for a topic that interests you."

Can you say "Targeted advertising"?

In other news... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898721)

Google crawled Linus's webpage today!

Share preferences (5, Interesting)

Ronnie Coote (251572) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898731)

You can also share your preferences with others, because Google will show you a URL which will generate your selected view. At bottom of the page, hit 'Share your customized news with a friend'.

Presumably, the code provided in the URL is a reference to a great big lookup table that they keep with everybody's preferences (custom search terms, layout etc). I have set up lots of custom search terms, and the URL is certainly not long enough to contain them all.

I need coffee... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898734)

I read the headline as Google Adds News Penetration...

ok (5, Interesting)

TOWebstress (855727) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898735)

This is okay, but I'd rather see Google do what Google does best -- that is, break new ground and not just re-package what other portals have been doing for years. Call me nuts, but I would have expected more of an "oh cool" factor coming out of Google on this.

Something I Suggested (1)

tilleyrw (56427) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898739)

Not too many moons past, I suggested that Google implement "Personal Home News Pages" where a user could define topics in which they are interested. It would provide news "tuned" to the indidual.

This seems to be something similar. It is good to see good ideas being implemented.

(I'm merely glad to help Google respond to user needs.)

Re:Something I Suggested (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898801)

I am sure only your request spawned this change. Thank you.

Re:Something I Suggested (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898857)

Wow, you invented Yahoo! News [yahoo.com]. Congratulations.

Diamond Age (5, Informative)

IceFox (18179) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898747)

This reminds me of little tidbit from Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. Because "in the future" all the common people got high targeted newspapers containing stories that they would like and it was a sign of status to actually read the normal full New York Times rather then to only get the articles it knows you are interested in. Kinda like /. already. Those who read only /. eventually think that everyone reads /. and cares about issues that are on /.

-Benjamin Meyer

google buys keyhole (0)

mbennis (160025) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898754)

Google Acquires Keyhole Corp

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 27, 2004 - Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) today announced it acquired Keyhole Corp., a Mountain View, Calif.-based digital mapping company.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"With Keyhole, you can fly like a superhero from your computer at home to a street corner somewhere else in the world - or find a local hospital, map a road trip or measure the distance between two points," said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management. "This acquisition gives Google users a powerful new search tool, enabling users to view 3D images of any place on earth as well as tap a rich database of roads, businesses and many other points of interest. Keyhole is a valuable addition to Google's efforts to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

With an Internet connection, users enter an address or other location information and Keyhole's software accesses the database and takes them to a digital image of that location on their computer screen. The interactive software then gives users many options, including the ability to zoom in from space-level to street-level, tilt and rotate the view or search for other information such as hotels, parks, ATMs or subways. Unlike traditional mapping technologies, Keyhole creates a dynamic 3D interface for geographic information.

Keyhole's technology combines a multi-terabyte database of mapping information and images collected from satellites and airplanes with easy-to-use software.

Google also announced, effective immediately, a price reduction for Keyhole 2 LT from $69.95 to $29.95.

Keyhole was founded in 2001. Keyhole customers include consumers, large and small businesses and public agencies. Current Keyhole users will benefit from the expanded resources and operational scale made possible by the integration into Google. Their service will continue uninterrupted.

For a free, seven-day trial of Keyhole, please go to www.keyhole.com.

About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program, which is the largest and fastest growing in the industry, provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

Requires you to have cookies turned on (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898834)

"Customized news requires you to have both Javascript and cookies turned on."

Hence, they can track what you read.

Finally (1, Redundant)

sapped (208174) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898843)

Does this mean all the
"Google is about to..."
"Google is thinking about..."
"Google is blah-blah..."
stories can now be moved to the Google page and off the Slashdot page?

RDF (1)

zcougar (123972) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898850)

It would be even better if they can make you RDF feed based on your customized headline. I did manual reloads in my webbrowser last century..

NO ads (1)

Beefslaya (832030) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898854)

Part of the charm of google is the nice clean layout with the Google Box in the middle and using it for what it's good for, a search engine.

I hope they don't make the news page a standard.

Alternate reason? (3, Interesting)

STFS (671004) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898861)

Maybe I'm pulling BS out of my ear here but does anybody know if this kind of personalization is being used to "sort" search results to personalize them as well?

I mean, Google (or MSN, Yahoo or whoever does this sort of thing) should be able to find out some "personal preferences" of people depending on how they sort their news website, what they filter out and so on.

Even worse, are they using this to personalize Google Ads?

What's wrong with giving credit where it is due. (1)

shr1n1 (263515) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898873)

For all those people who are saying that this is being done already by MSN and Yahoo, Google has definitely better interface for customizing options. Drag and drop sections, ability to switch on and off verbosity are pluses IMO. Plus it is certainly snappier than either Yahoo or MSN

im amazed ppl dont see the dangers (3, Insightful)

tkjtkj (577219) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898888)

yes, it amazing .. Here is an entity, Google, which seeks to gather all the info in the world, to associate it with particular users (gmail, etc) , to store it forever, and to fail to gaurantee privacy!! Read the 'Privacy ' statement, people!! Yes , they'll keep it sort of private WHILE THEY OWN THE DATABASE!! The COULD have said that no future sale of the company to another owner would not include that enormously valuable database, but they did NOT say that. Wake up!! This is a monster in the making, gearing up potentially to have devastating power over just about everyone.

Slightly buggy (1)

dtfinch (661405) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898921)

Some of my changes would continuously fail to take effect. Deleting the U.S. section seems to have made the problem go away.

Re:Slightly buggy (1)

pizpot (622748) | more than 9 years ago | (#11898959)

About a week ago, Google News started bugging out form my Firefox. The top of the page is displayed wrong, and the bar at the right stretches to the whole page. :-) haha google.

In other google new (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11898923)

Some google developers decided that today would be a good day to continue breathing....

They're developers. It's not News for nerds, it's news about google.

real news please? :(

Add your favorite tech stories (1)

danharan (714822) | more than 9 years ago | (#11899003)

I had been checking every couple weeks on wind and solar energy stories... so now I just added a "Renewables" custom section with the following search:

"solar energy" OR "solar power" OR "wind energy" OR "wind power"

There's probably a more elegant way to state the search- but hey, I'm extremely lazy. I know I could have gotten alerts, but those just clutter my inbox... this format is quite a bit more convenient. Nice execution too :)

Google Pwned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11899021)

$14$|-|D04 0\/\/|\|3d |\|3\/\/$.500513.C0/\/\

They missed: NO subscription/registration (3, Interesting)

starman97 (29863) | more than 9 years ago | (#11899035)

It's the one thing tha most annoys me about Google News.

I'd like to filter out all the sites that require some sort of registration to view them.
If Google did that and made it prominant, a lot
of those sites might change their policy since
poeple would be ignoring them. If not, then too bad
for them.

When can I customize (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11899118)

the news itself. Like Bill Gates switches to KDE with Firefox
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