Google News has added a human touch, bringing to its U.S. edition a section of highlighted original content selected by live people at each of Google’s publishing partners.

The new Editor’s Picks column contains what each of the publisher’s has chosen as the best of their news feeds. Google News will continue to run other items as curated by its proprietary algorithms on the rest of the page.

Users can customize the news feeds, including designating which sources they wish to see, and the ability to browse all of the news feeds remains unchanged.

Among the participating partners are The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, the Guardian, The Root and numerous other national, local and niche publishers.

Yogita Mehta, Google News Team software engineer, blogged that this was “the latest addition to recent improvements we’ve made to the variety and presence of stories and multimedia on Google News.”

When Google News first launched in 2002, it bore a notice that read, “This page was generated entirely by computer algorithms without human editors. No humans were harmed or even used in the creation of this page.” This new development could be step toward uniting the best of both worlds.

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