Google News is a free news aggregator provided and operated by Google Inc, selecting most up-to-date information from thousands of publications by an automatic aggregation algorithm. When you open the webpage you will find it like a newspaper providing you information linking you to the news articles.
The company has now created a new mashup that is a combination, visualization, and aggregation of Google News. This visualization mashup is known as Newsmap. When you open the website, you will see different news items in different font sizes and styles that are colorfully displayed in front of you.
In the beginning you will find it a little messed up. But when you will go through it you will really find it interesting. Indeed the items that are displayed with different colors have different connotation. Like Red means world news, blue-sports news, and yellow-national news, etc. The difference in sizes has some reasons, like larger the rectangle is the more popular the story is.
Even The different shades of the same color shows the time duration of the news items, the lightest color indicates that the news has been posted less than 10 minutes ago, the medium shade means that it has been posted more than 10 minutes ago, and the darkest shade shows that it is already more than 1 hour ago from the time it has been posted.
The webpage also have filters provided at the bottom that can be used to prevent the news from being displayed. With the country selector you can view news of more than a dozen countries that includes United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, India and Brazil etc. Overall this is a great service only drawback of which is that you have to refresh it manually.