Google News will receive three new features today, including larger images, real-time coverage, and Google+ integration.

Although Google News already featured some integration with Google+, the search giant is expanding it so that readers will be able to see what their Circles have to say about specific news items.

“This way you can see what your Circles, journalists covering the story, and notables like politicians or others who are the subjects of stories have to say about breaking news, and even contribute to the discussion directly from Google News,” explained the company in today’s blog post.

News stories will also be visible on Google’s new real-time coverage pages, which feature comments and additional coverage as they happen.

Google+ discussions will only appear for U.S. readers who are signed in to Google+. You can opt out of this feature by either logging out of Google, or turning off the “display Google+ posts” option within your Google News settings.

It’s too early to tell if this will have any impact on Google+’s overall usage, but it could be beneficial for people already active on the social network. For those with active communities, this update could be an opportunity for you to engage in more conversations across a variety of topics.

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