Google News

Various authors, Sept 23, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Google has just relaunched its online news service (probably a bit sooner than intended after screen shots were released on some outlets last week). It is an impressive debut, with news up to the minute from hundreds of sources around the world. This is what any news site could have done but (because they thought that the brand was more important than the product) they all failed to do. Here is the lesson: there is now no longer any need to go to a newspaper home page; Google will give you the best overall picture there is. So: if you are a learning services provider, do you continue to plug away at making your own offering the site of choice, or do you prepare for the day when there is a single network linking all similar educational offerings (hint: it`s not the former).
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