posted 26 Sep 2002, 1PM

Google News is just plain old ridiculous wonderful. Every few minutes, computer algorithms calculate and prioritize news stories from over 4,000 frequently updated news sites and arrange the most important into what usually seems to be a well-balanced news page:
Google News is highly unusual in that it offers a news service compiled solely by computer algorithms without human intervention. Google employs no editors, managing editors, or executive editors. While the sources of the news vary in perspective and editorial approach, their selection for inclusion is done without regard to political viewpoint or ideology. While this may lead to some occasionally unusual and contradictory groupings, it is exactly this variety that makes Google News a valuable source of information on the important issues of the day.
I daresay that we are blessed to live with a web in which a company just keeps on finding ways to make hypertext important, inventing and reinventing, while remaining transparent. Google never pisses me off. Google does not get in my face like MicroSeaNNBC. Finally, a way to search through the most recent additions to the web without frustration. Finally, a start page that beats Yahoo News. If I wer 27% more geekhearted, I would love Google Labs as much as my own mother.

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