Tuesday, August 09, 2005


Google News adds RSS/Atom feeds

Finally, Google is waking up to syndication technology.

Google News is offering RSS and Atom feeds for both its pre categorized news, and also for news search results.

Unfortunately News searches seem to have a 10 word limit, which means it's hard to remove noise from the results using lots of "-" terms, but at least they do respect the "&num=100" tagged on the end of the URL, so we can now get feeds with a respectable number of items in, not just limited to 10 results as other providers are.

The feeds are in RSS 2.0 or Atom 0.3 format, and give the generator as "NFE/0.8" (which is simply the webserver that all Google's news sites use). Feeds are available on the .com site, as well as UK, Canadian English, India, New Zealand and Australian news sites - basically all the English language sites.

This follows soon after Google added the ability to add any feed to is personalized home page.

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