Google News has gotten a makeover where a featured photo, images, and popular stories have become the center of attention. When clicking on the link below news stories that say “all xxxx news articles,” you are redirected to a page that has all the articles related to the original story and features photos and videos on the side. At the bottom of that page is a link to relevant blogs too. This is great for bloggers because now their content doesn’t necessarily have to be just on Google Blog Search.
Google News uses an algorithm to collect all relevant stories. This algorithm has been the subject of controversy when dealing with The Associated Press.
TechCrunch gave the new Google News interface a negative review, but I believe the changes applied are quite beneficial. The images and videos provide more clarity on what the news articles are about and it levels the playing field between news agencies and bloggers.
[via Google News Blog]