Google News launches new desktop design with theme customization

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Google News is updating its desktop site with a new design that lets you track global and local news on the same screen. With a redesign, the Briefing, Local News, and Top News sections are placed on the same page in different columns to make it easier for you to follow the news on topics and regions of interest to you.

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Until now, if you went to Google News, you first saw the headlines section, and the weather widget on the side. Other sections such as “World”, “For You” and “Local News” were accessible by scrolling down or clicking on those topics in the sidebar.

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What Google News looks like on the old avatar

The redesign moves all topics from the sidebar to the top of the screen to better accommodate other columns such as Local News and Top Picks. The weather widget now takes up a small space in the top right corner of the screen. Google has tried to replicate the feeling of reading a newspaper or magazine, but through a desktop website.

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“This change is the latest way to bring local news to users around the world. Last year, we expanded Google’s search functionality so that readers around the world can now see a local news carousel when Google finds local news reports that are relevant to their query. This helps them easily find news from local news publishers,” the company said in a statement.

A new look for Google News

What’s more, you can click the settings button next to the “Your Themes” section to select the topics you want to see on the homepage and even change the order in which they appear.

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The redesigned Google News also has an updated fact check section that now also shows the original claim and the verified score for more context. Earlier this year, Google released new “highly cited” label in the search to highlight the original source of the story.

Updated fact checking section that provides more context

The company noted that along with these changes, Google News is returning to Spain. after eight years, thanks to new copyright law. The firm claims that Google News is already available in 125 countries and 40 languages, with 24 billion clicks on publisher websites every month.

Google said it is opening applications for its News Equity Fund, a grant for independent journalists or small news organizations to create original content. The firm will accept applications until July 21 from almost all countries of the world, except China and Russia.

Yesterday, Google quietly withdrew its appeal of a €500 million antitrust fine for news licensing in France. This happened after the French authorities accepted the firm’s behavioral promises proposed in December. In a blog post, Google noted that it has made deals with more than 150 publications in the country.

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