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Google News for Mobile Introduces “News Near You” for Smartphones

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Google News has today launched a new feature in its U.S. English edition called “News near you,” which provides news relevant to the city you’re in and nearby areas. According to the Google News blog, which made the announcement today, the service is the mobile version of Google News’ location-based service for desktop browsers, which was first introduced in 2008. The desktop browser version has a local section for most cities in the world, and analyzes each word in a story. It’s early days yet for the mobile version though, as it’s only available in the U.S., but those users who are in the U.S. can try the service out now by pointing their iPhone browser to Google News. On your first visit to Google News since the update you’ll be prompted to agree to share your location, and then after doing so, you’ll find news relevant to your location in the “News near you” section at the bottom of the home page. The feature can be turned on or off either via your personalisation settings or mobile browser settings.

Source: Google News Blog: Introducing “News near you” on Google News for mobile
 

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