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Google trying to patent news ranking by quality

Web search leader Google Inc. has applied for U.S. and international patents on technology to rank stories on its news site based on the quality of the news source, according to patent applications obtained by Reuters on Thursday. Google's search engine now automatically scours some 4,500 news sources and highlights stories, typically by popularity and timeliness, although Google does not disclose full details of its ranking system.

Google News site gathers article from disparate news outlets such as ABC News, Voice of America, the Christian Science Monitor, the World Peace Herald, Xinhua, Reuters, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. Industry watchers said that over time Google News has come to depend on more established news providers for its content. A Google spokesman confirmed that the company has applied for the patents but declined further comment regarding whether the company will use or is already using the technology.

News source: Reuters

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