Just a couple of quick thoughts on the new customisation feature on Google News, released today (on the UK as well as the U.S. version, it’s nice to see):
They called it “customisation” not “personalisation”, and they take no personal data at all off me. Back in the day, grabbing user data was the only reason for doing something like Google has done. Today, it’s enough to say you’ll create traffic and frequency of visit (at least, I guess that’s how they justify it in business terms).
You can select by topic area or by search term, but you can’t select by news source. There are surely very good reasons for this (like they’d probably get sued), but it just makes the whole service look a lot less great than an RSS reader.