Google News Archive lets you relive Watergate era At a conference in San Francisco meant for startups , Google search-and-cupcake czar Marissa Mayer is currently live-demoing Google's latest launch, a news archive of scanned newspaper stories that goes back decades. The archive's scope of how many newspapers, over how many decades, isn't clear from Mayer's presentation or Google's blog post . Mayer says the project uses Google's book-scanning tech, adapted for newsprint archives.