There's been a lot of talk in various weblogs about Google News recently. But it has been around for a while. Apparently people didn't notice it until Google made the links more prominent. Here's a hint, keep an eye on Google Labs to see what they're playing with.

Anyway, a lot of folk are speculating on if and how Google will make money from their news service. Over at Loosely Coupled, you get a sampling of it.

This shouldn't surprise anyone, but there has been a lot of talk at Yahoo about Google recently. In fact, some of us were looking at Google News a few months back--and starting to worry a bit.

Rest assured that Google will money off their news service. And it will get better. Just watch.

Remember when Microsoft and AOL were the only competition we talked about? Yeah. Those days are gone now.

Posted by jzawodn at September 26, 2002 12:22 AM

Reader Comments
# Ask Bjoern Hansen said:

I was wondering too why everyone was talking about it as something new. It has been around for how long now? A year? More?

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on what they will improve and how they will make money on it, it sounds like you have given it some thought. (Being in the business and all).

- ask

on September 26, 2002 04:54 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

I think Yahoo! owns those particular thoughts. Let him talk to a lawyer, and he'll get back to us. :)

on September 26, 2002 06:18 AM
# billy pooper said:

Me thinks that what should improve is organisation. we can look at newspapers or if we want to be stuck with those traditonal news categories. why not make algorithms to show readers the news that is most relevant to our place in our world.

on September 27, 2002 08:10 AM
# pb said:

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On the Google thing, I don't know how the news thing will make money but they're making a bunch of money already with search. The news thing makes them look a little more portally which would be disconcerting from an investor's perspective.

on September 27, 2002 09:21 AM
# Adrian said:

> There's been a lot of talk in various
> weblogs about Google News recently. But
> it has been around for a while. Apparently
> people didn't notice it until Google made
> the links more prominent.

Your blog entry is misleading. Yes, Google News has been around for several months, but the site *has* been changed significantly in the past week. Instead of merely presenting a laundry list of headlines, it now has dramatically changed the page's presentation, added topical pages and employed a significantly more complicated algorithm for news judgment.

on September 27, 2002 01:35 PM
# james said:

just wondering, does everyone realize that google already *earns* about 70 million a year?

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I would like hindsight commentary from you on Google News. It seems exactly the same, no revenue sources -- except for increased traffic and stickiness.

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I don't think Google will ever sell news, first, they need to produce news, second, if they ever try that google should lost bid sources of revenue from the big media companies. Maybe they will put that news online provided by media companies and share the profits.

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