Google News Updates; Compact View, Options To Disable Blogs and Press Releases

Google News has become a steady source of reading news for me. However, the quality of websites in the index had been on decline until Google stepped in and cleaned it up. However, Google News is still far from perfect and a lot of spam still exists.

Google News New Interface

Google has rolled out some new changes to Google News which includes a compact view where stories will be collapsed by default. Google News has also changed the default view to a single column view, however, users have an option to switch back to the two column view through their settings.

Google News displays a mix of traditional newspapers, blogs and press releases. Many of these websites might not be of interest to you, but Google still displayed them nevertheless. With the new update they Google News has now added a feature where users can disable blogs and press releases completely from Google News.

Disable Blogs and Press Releases in Google News

The option to disable Blogs and Press Releases from Google News can be found under the settings page in Google News. You can also visit http://news.google.com/news/settings to update your settings.

The complete list of new changes in Google News include:

  • Click-to-expand: Each story cluster is collapsed down to one headline with the exception of the top story. When something grabs you, click nearby anywhere but the title to expand the story box.
  • Labeled diversity: For stories you’ve expanded, you’ll see genre labels for some of the additional articles that explain why they were chosen and how they add value. For example, you might see something labeled as an Opinionpiece or an indication that an article is "In Depth."
  • Multimedia and more: Within each expanded story box, you’ll find a sliding bar of videos and photos, links to related sections and easier-to-use sharing options, so you can quickly digest the sights and sounds of a news story, dig into different types of publications and share what you find interesting with one click.
  • Personalized top stories: The Top Stories section is expanded to six or more stories from three to give you more topic diversity. The first three stories remain unpersonalized and the same as before. The rest may be personalized based on your interests. To personalize your Google News experience you can click on "Edit" under "News for you." You can choose the "Standard Edition" if you don’t want personalization.
  • Less is more: The default view is now the popular "One Column" (formerly "Section") view. We merged List View into Top Stories, as described above. You can still switch to "Two Column" view, which resembles classic Google News.

2 thoughts on “Google News Updates; Compact View, Options To Disable Blogs and Press Releases”

  1. Great, you gave us a new feature, but how do we turn it off? Under IE, it waits until I finish selecting, but now the story is expanded / collapsed. Worse, under Firefox, the expansion happens while I am still dragging, so the start is wrong, and I am forced to chase the selection around.

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