Breaking news freshens Yahoo search results

Placed more rapidly and more artfully within other results, the more dynamic inclusion of links to breaking-news stories will improve users' search experience, Yahoo says.

Yahoo has updated its search results to include recent headlines more quickly.

"Because we're better able to detect when a query is about a breaking-news topic, we're able to deliver fresher results when it matters most," Paul Yiu of Yahoo search product management and Jean-Francois Crespo of Yahoo search research and development said in a Friday blog posting.

In addition, Yahoo can better place the news in the results page, balancing news with less time-sensitive results, Yahoo said.

Google also has made a strong effort to mix breaking news into its search results.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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