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Google Is Experimenting With Article Recommendations In Chrome ( 71

Google is working on a feature that would recommend articles directly in its browser. The suggestions would appear on the new tab page in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. "We're always experimenting with new features in Chrome, but have nothing new to announce at this time," a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. It's not clear what the new functionality will be called, though multiple tickets on Chromium Code Reviews mention a "Morning Reads" service and a "ChromeReader" feature.
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Google Is Experimenting With Article Recommendations In Chrome

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  • This was it folks. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 20, 2016 @11:40PM (#51551077)

    This was what Google Chrome was destined to do at its inception nearly a decade ago: to become yet another advertising channel for Google. With "recommended" articles comes the opportunity to push "promoted" articles as well,

    • by KGIII ( 973947 )

      Opera has "discover" on its home page and that can be used to recommend sites if you want to use it. It's optional and I have not used it so I have no idea how good it is.

    • by jimbo ( 1370 )

      One of my most hated words the last few years is "Trending". The idea that I would want to watch something just because it is currently popular upsets me.
      I'm not trying to be different, I just don't like to have shit pushed upon me.

  • Chrome Reader is just a knock-off of Google Reader, a product they discontinued several years ago despite a loyal fan base but this time only available as a Chrome add-on?

    Thanks but no thanks.

    • Chrome Reader is just a knock-off of Google Reader, a product they discontinued several years ago despite a loyal fan base but this time only available as a Chrome add-on?

      Thanks but no thanks.

      If you liked it so much in its past incarnation, why not the new version? Obviously Google, like many, is switching to web interfaces. "It's the wave of the future".

      • Google Reader did have an HTML interface.

        I have already switched to theoldreader, which works in Firefox so I won't be adopting a chrome-only solution with unknown longevity.

        Back story []

      • I loved Google Reader too back in the day, but I stopped using it when I found out they track you down to the time you spend on each article. Made my stomach turn.
    • by imidan ( 559239 ) on Sunday February 21, 2016 @01:20AM (#51551341)

      I used Google Reader for several years before it was discontinued. I've changed to CommaFeed, an open-source alternative that I can run on a hosted VM. I won't be changing back to a Google solution even if it is offered; I've already learned from losing that service and others that Google cannot be relied upon to sustain their services.

    • by klapek ( 4200769 )
      They didn't mention RSS.
  • And everyone screams to RTFA. I think /. has this covered.

  • "I'm sorry I have to come with bad news.

    We were exposed to an intrusion today. It was brief and it shouldn't impact many people, but if it impacts you, it's very important you read the information below.

    What happened?

    Hackers made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and managed to hack our website to point to it.

    Does this affect you?

    As far as we know, the only compromised edition was Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon edition.

    If you downloaded another release or another edition, this does not affect you.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I've always wanted clickbait with more native functionality.

  • Since I hear they've hired Samzenpus and Timothy as the Eds.

  • For those who can't think for themselves. George Orwell couldn't have predicted it better. You know it's coming and Donald Trump's face will be on the big screen everywhere. It's a done deal, with those who don't like it fired permanently.

    • I agree. Very Orwellian. What if someone delivered to your house a pre-selected set of articles for you to read that was curated by a company and editors? And even worse, what if that was your only set of articles available in your town? America would turn into the USSR if that happened. At least that is what I read in the newspaper today.
  • The recommendation comes for free, then it starts to find how it work. The recommendation only for paid article only, also need to find a way how it work, so the income from google adsense will get more
  • How about KISS? It is hard these days to get an OS that is only an OS, and a web browser that is only a web browser. The OS should let me run software, and the web browser should show me a document stored somewhere else.
    • I'd rather have the OS show documents, so that we go back to reading safe, to the point documents. Then the web browser can be used to run applications only.

  • When you can be force fed.

    Convenience is the death of free will.

  • Spending a decade of expensive programer time, data collection, UX design etc. to create a virtual bookstore employee? What a waste.

If it is a Miracle, any sort of evidence will answer, but if it is a Fact, proof is necessary. -- Samuel Clemens