News to you: Dublin HQ to deliver worldwide
Google's European HQ in Dublin has begun a project to localise the search engine's popular online news service for a number of different countries as it seeks to expand it throughout the globe.
The news service is already localised in terms of content and language for a number of territories including Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, India and France. As part of its working environment that permits staff such as engineers to use 20pc of their time investigating projects they initiate themselves, the company is now seeking staff from its 1,500-strong Irish workforce to commit to the news-localisation plan. It wants to roll out the news service to additional countries within the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), including Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Finland and Croatia.
The company said the high number of multilingual staff working in Dublin had enabled it to undertake the project.
Earlier this year Google further refined its US news service, enabling users to enter post codes to obtain more detailed local news items.
In an interview with this newspaper, Google Europe boss John Herlihy (above) said that he believes the country's education system needs a major overhaul in order to meet the requirements of employers, while he also believes the country could become a test-bed for new globally-traded services.