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How does Google News rank the top stories?

Ok, the latest trending list I can see on Google News is:

1. Julian Assange - 635 articles

2. Carmelo Anthony - (Need to click on Show more stories for news on this individual)

3. Libya (15,740 and counting)

4. Muammar Al-Gaddafi (should be same as Libya?)

5. Tiger Woods

etc etc

I'm a bit curious as to:

a. Julian Assange is top story?

b. Who the devil is Carmelo Anthony? He's constantly been Top Story for the past week or so, ranked consistently above Libya, and yet he doesn't even appear on the front page? Shouldn't it be the other way round, considering how the events are unfolding in Libya?

So, how does Google News exactly rank it's top stories?

Thanks :)

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  • 9 years ago
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    It ranks stories based on how many respected websites are running them and basically how 'active' that particular story is on the web as a whole. So if more people are blogging about it, tweeting about it, releasing articles about it and also the search figures for that term or news title. It's basically a popularity thing that googles algorithms track in a similar way to how they rank websites.

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  • 9 years ago

    I am pretty sure they use a combination of factors including 1) how many times people are searching for that topic or related topics 2) how many times stories about that topic appear and 3) the authority of the news source

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  • Interesting.

    I looked for trending info on google news at:

    http://news.google.com/

    but I don't see any at all.

    When I go to:

    http://www.google.com/trends

    I get two lists:

    - hot topics (usa)

    - hot searches (usa)

    but no hot news :-)

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  • Cabby
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    9 years ago

    It appears to cater to a liberal slant.

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