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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Google News Goes Local

Google released a new feature to find your local news by simply typing in a city name or zip code.


Google claims that "While we’re not the first news site to aggregate local news, we’re doing it a bit differently -- we're able to create a local section for any city, state or country in the world and include thousands of sources. We’re not simply looking at the byline or the source, but instead we analyze every word in every story to understand what location the news is about and where the source is located."

You can see an example with the latest news from Boston, MA, USA:


As always, results will be clustered with multiple sources on a story. The top stories for a given area will be at the top of your results. Article rankings will also take into account a publication's location so that it will promote all the local sources for each story.

Local news feature is currently available in English. It will be available in other languages and editions soon.

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