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The service covers news articles appearing within the past 30 days on various news websites. In total, Google News aggregates content from more than 25,000 publishers.[6]For the English language, it covers about 4,500 sites;[7] for other languages, fewer. Its front page provides roughly the first 200 characters of the article and a link to its larger content. Websites may or may not require a subscription; sites requiring subscription are noted in the article description.[8]

On December 1, 2009, Google announced changes to their “first click free” program,[9][clarification needed] which has been running since 2008 and allows users to find and read articles behind a paywall. The reader’s first click to the content is free, and the number after that would be set by the content provider.[10]

The layout of Google News underwent a major revision on May 16, 2011.

On July 14, 2011, Google introduced “Google News Badges,”[11] which it later retired in October 2012.[12]

Additionally in July 2011, the Sci/Tech section of the English Google News versions was split up into two sections: Science and Technology. It was announced that this section split would be performed on other language versions as well.[13] As of early 2013, this split had not been applied to all language versions of Google News.[citation needed]

In June 2017, the desktop version of Google News saw a thorough redesign that according to Google had the goal to “make news more accessible and easier to navigate … with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more control for users.”[14] Yet several options such as the search tools menu were removed along with the redesign, making searches much more difficult. It now uses a card format for grouping related news stories, and as summarized by Engadget, “doesn’t look like a search results page anymore”, removing text snippets and blue links.[15]

 

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