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Google Now may soon include real-time local news

Aug 1 2013, 1:55am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Google Now may soon include real-time local news

Google is reportedly testing a local news feature for Google Now. Google News and Google Now rolled into one?

We love Google Now. It's fast (assuming your Internet is fast too), easy to use (just Google it), and offers a ton of information about what you are looking for (it's Google huh?). But Google Now could get even better.

Quartz reports that the giant search engine is now planning to include localized news to Google Now in an attempt to help its users learn news that are curated geographically. If you come to think of it, it's basically similar to searching for local news via Google News. The catch here is that you won't have to type your location as you would normally do on Google News, and results look better, thanks to Google Now's card feature.

In an interview with Quartz, Johanna Wright, Google's Vice President for Search and Assist, said that the feature is still in beta and is now being tested inside Google. Wright describes the new feature as "hyper-local." "For example, I found out Miss Mexico came to my son’s school, I saw that Chipotle was giving out burritos, and someone was stabbed in the park near my house. It’s very, very targeted to you and your interests," she added.

Google did not comment on the report. 

Source: Quartz

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