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New wizard generates code needed to display headlines on websites by keyword

It's not such a good time to be a website owner, but it's an even worse time to be in print publications. The global economic downturn has left many print magazines and newspapers with significant money issues as advertising funds dry up and production and delivery costs increase.

At the same time, advertising money for some of the smaller websites online is drying up as companies move ads to websites that can deliver more return on their advertising investment. Google has been able to keep growing in the current economy. The search giant is now announcing a new program that it hopes will help bring more profits to websites.

Google announced that it is now offering a new Google News service that allows site owners and developers to integrate its Google News feeds into their websites. The new program uses an online application called NewsShow Wizard to generate custom HTML that can be integrated into a website.

The news headlines that the wizard generates are based on keywords entered into the Google application when generated. Google doesn’t make money from its Google News service directly. However, the hope is that increased traffic from listing the news headlines on more websites will result in more clicks to Google's text ads that are common to most websites online.

Google's Adam Feldman said in a blog post, "The world is a quickly changing place and it's getting harder and harder to stay on top of the news. With this in mind, we've just released a Google News-based element for Webmasters and developers. This makes it easy to integrate headlines and previews from Google News into any Web page, and for newspapers to reach new audiences across the Web."

The reason Google doesn’t generate direct income from Google News is that it doesn’t run ads on its news service. This is done to prevent any complaints that Google is trying to profit from copyrighted content.

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By TomZ on 2/4/2009 12:06:01 PM , Rating: 5
If DT used this service, it wouldn't need to pay so many writers. :o)

By Gul Westfale on 2/4/2009 12:20:56 PM , Rating: 4
there'd also be fewer spelling mistakes and sentences that don't make any sense...

on the other hand, there'd be even more fluff news OMG OBAMA'S HAIRDRESSER BOUGHT CEREAL THE OTHER DAY !!1!one!

so let's keep it the way it is, please.

maybe dailytech could investigate a similar thing for their content though?

By theapparition on 2/4/2009 12:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
Wait, the authors are getting paid? In what, pixie sticks and nutter butters?

For paid journalists, I'd expect more than regurgitated stories reported elsewhere.

By tdktank59 on 2/4/2009 12:22:45 PM , Rating: 2
LOL so true...

Lately the articles they are posting are going down hill...

the quality is out the door, and there are simple spelling mistakes all over the articles. What happened to editors?

When I started watching this site about 2 years ago (I got the E6320 when it came out to date things a bit better) when I was building my first computer the articles were great! Great Information, Interesting and many more descriptive words could have described those articles.

Now the articles have countless spelling mistakes and half the comments are about these mistakes.

Come on DT lets see some change!

By TomZ on 2/4/2009 12:32:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree - I think the focus needs to be on quality, not quantity. But I'd be willing to bet that quantity generates more page hits/advertising revenue. C'est la vie.

By Gage8 on 2/4/2009 12:52:40 PM , Rating: 3
I agree quality is a key. However, I for one do not mind a summary of other interesting articles from 10 other websites that I can read here. I don't have the time to surf all day which is why DT is one of my main stops for tech info...

By TomZ on 2/4/2009 2:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
Good point, I agree.

By bhieb on 2/4/2009 12:39:09 PM , Rating: 3
Problem is what makes a "good" news site is the editor opinion. Let's face it most of this stuff is just coming off some AP feed anyway no one is out actually beating the streets looking for stories.

But when Mick or Asher does post an article with their "spin" applied, all hell breaks loose in the comments (myself included). So we need to ask ourselves do we want "just the facts" news that can be found everywhere, or do we really want the opinionated bias that makes an article fun to comment on.

By Crusty on 2/4/2009 2:16:42 PM , Rating: 5
The problem is that neither Asher nor Mick really post articles... it's all just a bunch of bullshit.

By bhieb on 2/4/2009 4:09:13 PM , Rating: 1
LOL True, but my point was I like DT because bullshit can be fun.

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