The New York Times (username: cyberpunk21, password: cyberpunk21) reports on Google News. The article concludes: "in general, Google's automated editors appeared to match the work of human competitors." That's a slap in the face of the journalism professor who taught me "editors can never be replaced by computers. That's why we get paid the big bucks." Then again, as some have pointed out, Google News still relies heavily on human editorial judgment -- that of the individual news sites it indexes.
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