Google News is taking on Twitter by trialling a real-time news trends service. In the trial, a list of trending key words appears beneath the ‘Top Stories’ tab, in addition to a personalised news box, that allows users to add topics of interests. It’s still at the trial stage, so only certain users will see it until Google decides whether to add it to the default feature set.

Earlier this month Google began adding a personalised news tracking service, which allows users to star a story so they can keep track of updates to the story.