The newly expandable stories on Google News in the U.S., released today, give you greater story diversity with less clutter. Now you can easily see more content, see less of what you don't use and have a more streamlined experience:
- "Click-to-expand: Each story cluster is collapsed down to one headline with the exception of the top story. When something grabs you, click nearby anywhere but the title to expand the story box.
- Labeled diversity: For stories you've expanded, you'll see genre labels for some of the additional articles that explain why they were chosen and how they add value. For example, you might see something labeled as an "Opinion" piece or an indication that an article is "In Depth."
- Multimedia and more: Within each expanded story box, you'll find a sliding bar of videos and photos, links to related sections and easier-to-use sharing options, so you can quickly digest the sights and sounds of a news story, dig into different types of publications and share what you find interesting with one click.
- Personalized top stories: Top Stories section is expanded to six or more stories from three to give you more topic diversity. The first three stories remain unpersonalized and the same as before. The rest may be personalized based on your interests. To personalize your Google News experience you can click "Edit" under "News for you." You can choose the "Standard Edition" if you don't want personalization.
- Less is more: The default view is now the popular "One Column" (formerly "Section") view. We merged List View into Top Stories, as described above. You can still switch to "Two Column" view, which resembles classic Google News," revealed Google.
- Also, note that if you go to Google News settings page, you can tweak Google News to show fewer press releases, more blog posts or even hide all the blog posts and press releases. "The neat part of the control of how you see blog and press release results is that there is a lever. You can pick from None to Fewer to Normal to More. Everyone by default is set to normal."
- You can also disable the automatic refresh of the Google News homepage. By default, Google reloads the page every 15 minutes.
[Source: Google News blog]