Google News turns 8

Google News made its debut on September 22, 2002, after several months of experiments with ranking and organizing technology by Krishna Bharat, who was working on Google Product Search at the time of the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001. A self-described “news junkie,” Bharat found it difficult in the days after September 11 to find news content from multiple points of view, and decided…

Is the Web heading toward redirect hell?

There’s already plenty of redirect overhead in places where you don’t really think about it. For example: Every time you click on a search result in Google or Bing there’s an intermediate step via Google’s servers (or Bing’s) before you’re redirected to the real target site. Every time you click on a Feedburner RSS headline you’re also redirected before arriving at the real target. Every time you click on an…