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10:44 pm on Sep 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Google Has updated the look of it's news site.

[news.google.com...]

10:52 pm on Sept 19, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It is a little obnoxious with the color choice.
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The screen shot from the google blog is nice, but what I'm seeing on my screen right now isn't. The new version shows much more information in a smaller space, thus making it easier to find things, and is much easier on the eye colour-wise. I like the "and x related" part too. So I'm hoping they go with the change.
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It hurts my eyes. It could be because I've had a long day or it could just be too bright.

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I saw the screenshot, but I'm not seeing the design live through IE or Moz 1.2.

Is there some news2.google.com that I don't know about? :)

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Ah it looks like you will only see it with a Mozilla 1.1?
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I can see it. I'm using opera. The Red is very strong.
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The new version shows much more information in a smaller space, thus making it easier to find things

sorry shelleycat, I have to disagree with you. I think it looks as cluttered as all other news sites now. I like the idea of easily being able to spot a headline and then reading more if you wish, in true Google style, simple and easy on the eye.

As for the vibrant colour scheme - ouch!

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How can you criticize a site that ranks 8 with Google? (hehe)
6:47 pm on Sept 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

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A Google spokesperson confirmed with me the testing of the new news site. As expected, he didn't have a timeline as to when it's going to be available to all.

Btw, I don't see the changes using Mozilla 1.1.

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It might be browser specific, but using the same browser (IE on mac OSX) I saw the new stuff yesterday and don't today. I like the old stuff better.
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Well must be time for me to go home. After looking at that news site by eyes really strained, but i suppose 15 hours in office in front of computer all day will do that and the GOOGLE RED just adds to it :(
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I just have to say: The Google News Site is quite impressive, however it looks. It works very well and I don't think this kind of application is the easiest. I wonder how long and what a team it took to devlope this thing. I wonder how long it takes till I find an employer who does great things like this (no, that's no application :-). Sorry, but I really had to say this.

A more appropriate note: Yes, the red is a little aggressive, but is it really that bad? I think it's ok in the background just the text in red at the top is a little annoying.

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Im a bit disappointed if the screenshot is any guide. Like a previous poster it seems to be similar to other news pages in the genre, and would have expected Google to come up with something innovative. However, maybe that is unfair until i actually try it out.. But if "looks" are any guide, I preferred the good old fast loading previous news.google with no fuss, and no piccies. The new site just doesnt LOOK like a google site. - more like CNN/CNBC/AV etc... Guess its back to FAST news again, which still retain i think, news items delivered like search engine reults, which Google news was like.
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Like CNN? Is it possible that we are seeing different pages. I'm in germany so...
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Hi matthius.. Im basing it on the screenshot from the google blog site. In bangkok on IE6 im still getting the same news.google ive got for months.

"Like CNN" may be a bit unfair! Its certainly smaller footprint and less complex in navugations etc, but the design of having a couple of items with a piccie and longer abstract, then lists of others, and then "categories" are similar.

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They should go easy on the red.
7:58 am on Sept 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Just re-checked the Google News page (now on the homepage). I see a different page to what I saw before. I like it.

Chris.

7:24 am on Sept 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Google have added a new search button on their homepage for searching [news.google.com...]

All these wonderful new features on Google, but we still can't have the simple things like numbered SERPS .....

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Is this the first time they put a beta version on a tab on the Google homepage?
I like the grouping of subjects in that you can choose which newspaper you want to read - per news topic.

We non English natives still feel discriminated :)

Alltheweb has other languages and local newspapers in non-english...not often that you see Google lagging behind so strongly ;)

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I was just browsing around on Google.... And boy I just love this new news tab. I am thinking I have found a new homepage to start from now. ;)
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Glad you like it, Lisa! The depth of coverage is pretty great, too. :)
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Love it - much better than the screenshot preview. But - Can you replace the US news link to UK news for (guess) UK users? That would be fantastic. The UK has lots of great news organisations.

Oh, and can it wake me up in the morning with a cup of tea and a buttered crumpet?

This page was generated entirely by computer algorithms without human editors.
No humans were harmed or even used in the creation of this page.
- nice touch Google!

[edited by: nutsandbolts at 8:54 am (utc) on Sep. 23, 2002]

8:48 am on Sept 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Brett, can we change the name of this forum (or at least the TITLE)? Except for the trailing :, I won't know which browser tab is for it and which is for the "other" "Google News"...
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How about adding google news to our toolbar options or do I just need an update.
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BMC Moves on Linux Configuration Control
Computerwire.info, World - 4 hours ago
This article/section can only be accessed by ComputerWire registered
users who have access to this particular segment of our database. ...

I hope this is a glitch, and the news service won't regularly include sources that require registration and payment...

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Seeing how Cnet is now in the running for the title of the nets largest affiliate farm, it just makes me wonder. Does Google get paid by Cnet? Or is Google taking money for placement of the news stories?

Google loves links right? Whens the last time you read a few Cnet articles that had "honest" links in them? God himself could put up a website, Cnet could do a story on it and they wouldn't link to it.

> Depth

I sure don't see that. Where's The Register.co.uk? Where's Wired? Where's a dozen other quality net tech outlets? Yet you list /. with a two sentence "story"?

You can have more variety and depth in a 1 minute pull from any of the RSS grabbers than you'd do all day with Google.

Best news se on the net is:RocketInfo [rocketnews.com]

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But do we have to read about inkitomi... ugh. :0
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I do see (some) The Register stories on there - but it would be good to see The Inquirer featured too. Or Google could always just post a huge link to Fark as they always have lots of news story links daily ;)
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Brett, try going to Wired or the Register, pick a headline, and search for it:

A search for online gaming illegal on news.google.com gives me
"Online Gaming Illegal (Wink Wink)
Wired - 8 minutes ago"

Likewise, a search for lindows iffy personality gives me
"Review: Lindows 2.0 has beautiful skin, iffy personality
The Register, UK - 1 hour ago"

Rocketinfo found the Register article, but doesn't have the Wired article (yet?). The news search is still in beta, but it looks pretty deep and fresh to me so far. :) For example, a search for "inktomi" on other engines with news search, rocketinfo, moreover, etc. seems to return between 1 and 13 results on average. I'm seeing about 43 results on news.google.com. Bear in mind that news is still in beta, but you can expect that we'll search news with the same quality that we search the web. :)

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