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Google has announced that they have replaced the “In the News” box with the “Top Stories” box. With this update news box on desktop will become more in line with the mobile version of search results. In fact, this update happened with the introduction of new Google desktop user interface this week.
When enquired whether there were any algorithmic changes made to which stories are eligible to appear in the box, Google did not give a clear reply. They just answered this update is to make the desktop version match the mobile version.
Business Insider reported that this change was to tackle the fake news issues. But Google would not comment about this.