In this interview with Josh Cohen of Google News, we go into a lot of detail on the inner workings of Google News. Perhaps the most interesting bit of information was confirmation that Google uses click data as a ranking factor for Google News. If the Google News team is using it, it seems likely that the web team is using it as well. This is something that has been long suspected, but I am not sure I have seen it confirmed before.
We also cover other aspects of what Google News requires, and how it can be an important way that sites who publish news oriented content can obtain visibility for themselves. Check it out!