Changes to Google News Archive and search

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 20 21:05:11 UTC 2014

It's great that we can search on individual newspapers now, but AFAICT
the search box still relies on Google site search, with the
frustrating 1970 cutoff for date ranges. I won't be happy until we can
once again search for, say, 19th-century examples of "hot dog"!

On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Grant Barrett wrote:
> Looks like the relaunch has happened!
> Grant Barrett
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
>> Irrespectively of what the project may cost them or bring in ad sales,
>> News Search and News Archive would have been far more beneficial to /us/
>> if they simply return them to where they were about 18-24 months ago.
>> And Google Books seems to be completely broken, despite a positive legal
>> outcome.
>>     VS-)
>> On 2/12/2014 2:15 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>>> Thanks for the update, Ben. Google currently employs some of the most
>>> brilliant computer scientists in the world. They know that it is not
>>> necessary to break the system while they are performing a "facelift".
>>> Chronological search has worked incorrectly in GB and Google News for
>>> a couple years even when the metadata is accurate. The databases are
>>> still extremely valuable.
>>> The revenue from Google Books and the Google News Archive is probably
>>> small. Historical net revenue is probably quite negative for these
>>> projects, I would guess. On the other hand, they can feed this data to
>>> their new deep AI projects.

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