Google News launches a new desktop design with theme customization – TechCrunch

Google News is updating its desktop site with a new design that lets you follow global and local news on one screen. The redesign places the Your Brief, Local News, and Top Picks section on a single page in different columns to make it easier to catch up on news about the topics and regions that matter to you.

Until now, if you logged into Google News, you’d see the headlines section first, along with the weather widget on the side. Other sections such as World, For You, and Local News could be accessed by scrolling down or clicking on these topics from the sidebar.

What Google News looks like in its old avatar

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

“This change is just the latest way we’re bringing local news to users around the world. Last year, we expanded a feature in Google Search so that readers around the world can now see a carousel of local news when Google finds local news coverage relevant to their query. This helps them easily find stories from local news publishers,” the company said in a statement.

The new look of Google News

Additionally, you can click the customize button next to the Your Themes section to select the themes you want to see on the home page and even change their order of appearance.

Image credits: Google

The redesigned Google News also features a revamped Fact Check section, which now also shows you the original claim and verified review for more context. Earlier this year, Google launched a new “highly cited” tag in search to highlight the original source of a story.

Revamped Fact Check section, providing more context

The company pointed out that along with these changes, Google News returns to Spain after eight years, thanks to the new copyright law. The firm claims that Google News is already present in 125 countries and 40 languages, generating 24 billion clicks to publisher websites each month.

Google said it is opening applications for its News Equity Fund, a grant for freelance journalists or small news organizations to produce original stories. The firm will accept applications until July 21 from almost every country in the world except China and Russia.

Yesterday, Google quietly withdrew its appeal against a €500 million antitrust news licensing penalty in France. This came after the French authorities accepted promises of behavior from the company offered in December. In a blog post, Google noted that it has made content deals with more than 150 publications in the country.

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