Ranking stories in GoogleNews

I don't know how common this is, but my main news source has become GoogleNews. I like that I can see sources from around the world (or even within a specific country, if I so choose), and get a sense of which stories are getting traction, and those being marginalized.

Apparently, the folks at Google are dissatisfied with how their computers sort the news - London Free Press and Xinhua aren't often considered in the same breath as the Minnesota Star Tribue, or the LA Times. Kelly Hearn has written a piece for AlterNet, detailing the debates, promises and pitfalls of changing the way Google parses its stories.

Food for thought.

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