Google News is killing the scoop


“I wish I could tell Google what a piece of shit its News service is.

Engadget editor, Joshua Topolsky, highlighted the failings of Google News with this tweet.  It concerns Engadget’s scoop of a number of leaked Dell mobile devices. Engadget broke the story, but where does it appear on Google News? First? Second? At the time of writing… eleventh.

It’s about provenance. Tech blogs like Engadget rely on their scoops to drive traffic. Gizmodo took the gamble on buying a lost/stolen iPhone prototype and generated insane page views.  If Google News isn’t recognising Engadget as the original source of the story and giving it “props” then it is fundamentally failing.

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