Reuters reports launch of Google mobile news site in Japan. The service has about 30 news outlets, including Asahi newspaper and state-run NHK and Google said it aims to expand the line-up.
"Angela Lee, Google's senior product manager in Tokyo, said at a briefing earlier this week: "People want to check the news all the time. We've created something that's easy to use and view on handsets."
The service challenges existing news distribution sites for mobile phones in Japan, which typically charge users monthly fees. Google Japan already offers a news website for PCs, which displays reports from more than 600 news organisations. Google has also tied up with Japan's second-biggest phone carrier KDDI to offer search engines on mobile phones."