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.
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?