Google news - like nearly all and everything by google - is in Beta since ... years.
I use a couple of those sites since .... well, since they were online, two, three years (?) now*. (They have added some now on them**.)
*In 2005, AFP sued Google because it included their (French) news and photos without licence on the French site. This dispute was later settled.
In 2007, a Belgian court ruled that Google did not have the right to display the lead paragraph from Belgian news sources when Google aggregated news stories (not sure about the outcome).
** The last one added was the Polish site, in September.
I rarely use Google news since I'm subscribed to some hundred newspapers (online print editions), a couple news agencies and a real-time news service.