Apparently, the badges will be awarded to readers that are signed into a Google account and get their news from Google News. The badges a private in nature, but you have the option of sharing when you earn them.
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They don’t mention it in their post, but does anyone doubt that this will somehow be integrated into Google+ sometime in the near future?
Of course, this is Google, so there is a YouTube clip that accompanies today’s announcement:
My question is this: What about people that use Google Reader? Its a Google product and is pretty much a Google News replacement for many of us. Why not offer Reader users badges as well?