Google News has turned eight years old today. It has grown from 4,000 sources to more than 50,000 and from one English edition to 72 editions in 30 languages.
The service was developed on 22 September 2002. Google opened a dedicated tab to the news service on Google.com, fusing its search technology with news content.
Google News has made enhancements over the years, adding customisation, video, local news, newspaper archives and a redesigned homepage.
The biggest news story it recorded was America’s 2008 election, when Barack Obama was elected president of the US.
Other large news stories include the beginning of the Iraq War, when U.S. and allied forces invaded the country, George W. Bush defeating John Kerry in the US presidential elections and the death of pop star Michael Jackson.