Google launches local news in France

Tue 3 November 2009 11:00, Bas van den Beld

Google launches local news in France

After the US, the UK, India, Canada and Germany Google has launched their local news service in France. The local news section lets you see current events in the area you are in.

The local top stories will also be at the top of the search results and the rankings take in account local publications "to promote local sources for each story."

Google also announced its working to improve the local search algorithms:

"We work hard to improve our algorithm, including its ability to understand the relevant locations for a news story and the location of the source that reports a story. We also train our algorithm to detect when a news article is reporting about a particular location and when it's not. The city of Paris (also a world celebrity) has proven particularly challenging in this respect."

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