Google News is updating its desktop design with a new design that lets you follow global and local news on one screen. The redesign puts the section of your briefing, local news and best choices on one page in different columns, so it’s easier to catch up on news on topics and regions that interest you.
So far, if you’ve signed in to Google News, you’ll first see the headline section, along with the weather widget on the side. Other sections such as World, About You and Local News were available by scrolling down or by clicking on these topics from the sidebar.
The redesign moves all the topics from the sidebar to the top of the screen to better fit other columns such as Local News and Best Choices. The weather widget now takes up little space in the upper right corner of the screen. Google has tried to replicate the experience of reading a newspaper or magazine – but through a desktop website.
“This change is just the latest way we provide local news to consumers around the world. Last year, we expanded our Google Search feature so that readers around the world can now see a carousel of local news stories when Google finds that local news is relevant to their query. This helps them easily find stories from local news publishers, “the company said in a statement.
What’s more, you can click the customize button next to your Themes section to select the themes you want to see on the homepage, and even shuffle their order of appearance.
The revised Google News also includes an updated fact-checking section that already shows you the original statement and a verified assessment for more context. Earlier this year, Google released new label “highly cited”. in search to highlight the original source for the story.
The company noted that with these changes, Google News is returning to Spain after eight years, thanks to the new copyright law. The company claims that Google News is already present in 125 countries and 40 languages and provides 24 billion clicks to publishers’ websites each month.
Google has said it is launching apps for its News Equity Fund, a grant for independent journalists or small news organizations to create original stories. The company will accept applications until July 21 from almost all countries around the world, except China and Russia.
Yesterday, Google silently rejected its appeal against a € 500 million antitrust sanction in France. This happened after the French authorities agreed promises of company behavior offered in December. In a blog post, Google noted that it has entered into content deals with more than 150 publications in the country.