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Google News is a free news aggregator provided and operated by Google, selecting news from thousands of news websites.

A beta version was launched in September 2002, and released officially in January 2006. The initial idea was developed by Krishna Bharat.

Google News watches more than 4500 news sources worldwide. Versions for more than 60 regions in 28 languages were available in March 2012. As of September 2015, service is offered in 35 languages.

The service covers news articles appearing within the past 30 days on various news websites. In total, Google News aggregates content from more than 25,000 publishers. For the English language, it covers about 4,500 sites for other languages, fewer. Its front page provides roughly the first 200 characters of the article and a link to its larger content. Websites may or may not require a subscription; sites requiring subscription are noted in the article description.

Google News provides searching, and the choice of sorting the results by date and time of publishing (not to be confused with date and time of the news’ happening) or grouping them (and also grouping without searching). In the English versions, there are options to tailor the grouping to a selected national audience.

Users can request e-mail “alerts” on various keyword topics by subscribing to Google News Alerts. E-mails are sent to subscribers whenever news articles matching their requests come online. Alerts are also available via RSSand Atom feeds.