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Google Fixes Google News Redesign

Inundated with complaints from unhappy users, Google has restored a two-column viewing option.




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Two weeks after redesigning Google News, Google has revisited its improvements to address persistent complaints about the service's reduced utility and diminished flexibility.

In a post on the Google News blog announcing the redesigned redesign, Google product manager Chris Beckmann emphasizes that the initial changes had both supporters and detractors.

"The positive usage data we saw during our months-long tests of the redesign has continued since we introduced it to all users of the U.S. English edition, and hundreds of thousands of you have already customized your Google News homepages," he said. "But some of you wrote in to say you missed certain aspects of the previous design, such as the ability to see results grouped by section (U.S., Business, etc.) in two columns."

A Google moderator in the Google News support forum concedes more readily that this latest revision was introduced in response to user dissatisfaction.

"We've been reading these forums and following all of your feedback closely," writes a Google employee identified as 'Fred S.' "In large part because of the feedback we've received here and elsewhere, Google News has just launched a 'Two-column' view in the 'News for you' stream."

Using a check box accessed though the Edit link, Google News readers can also reclaim some screen real estate by removing the Weather box in the local news section, situated in the right-hand column. Section drag-and-drop has also been enabled in the "Edit personalization" box.

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