Google News — a news aggregator service developed by the search engine behemoth — has been around for nearly two decades. While it does provide a simple and easy-to-use experience for aggregating current events, Google News has never really made significant strides in this field. In fact, over the years, it’s become less of a go-to solution, given the more targeted alternatives around for breaking news than the Google search engine.
The Information recently revealed that “A small team inside Google’s search organization has spent more than a year developing a search engine feature called Big Moments that takes a more active role in determining what information to show in search results about major news events.”
Citing three people with direct knowledge of the work, the report claims “the group has pursued the project as Google Search has continually struggled to keep up with breaking news such as the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and last year’s Black Lives Matter protests”.
That said, Big Moments is seeking to provide insight into current events by supplying more historical context, highlighting key details of a particular event in…