If you search for news at Google News, you’ve probably noticed that you can view news articles by date or by relevance. Many of the news articles that you find in Google News are from sources like wire services, where the information is shared amongst many newspapers. Reporters have the option of adding additional information, but often wire service articles at different papers contain little more than the original material, and may often contain less than the original. So it’s possible that there may be many articles that are substantially the same, and if those are the most relevant result for a search at Google News, it’s likely that Google doesn’t want to show all of those article in their results. How does Google decide which articles on the same subject to show in Google News, and how to rank those news articles? You may sometimes see a short list of blog posts at the bottom of search results at Google in response to a particular query. If Google comes across a number of blog posts that are about very similar topics, and it wants to rank those based upon the ones that present the most novel information, how does…
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