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For example instead of showing the top story & linking out, Google is now pushing related topics which would keep the user on the site longer.
There appears to be a great deal more scrolling, and that's not a good thing, imho.For mobile, there are many usability people who have decided just the opposite... that scrolling is the easiest and fastest way to navigate. Particularly true for the demographic that's grown up with mobile only. (One of the main bits of customization Google News offers is to hide sections and/or to rearrange them.)
With online news, even on desktop, the unit is the article, and on a phone, I think they're feeling that rapid scrolling, with a fair amount of white space, is the best way to scan.