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Finally. A Google search alternative: Bing!

Posted in Publications, Web by whuup on June 4, 2009

binggoogle1Microsoft has a bad history of blowing millions of dollars on product launches for new online services and Web sites. Usually they were bad, and with Windows Vista in our mind.. well, you know. We’re not really a fan of Microsoft since then. But now they have something new: Bing. The search engine is a solid improvement over the previous search product, and it beats Google in important areas. It’s surprisingly competitive with Google, some reporters say. The image search from Bing is in our opinion much better than the old fashioned Google Images and has a lot more option. For example, you can search only for images with faces on it, or sort them by color. Rumours say Microsoft spent as much as $80 to $100 million on an ad campaign promoting Bing as an alternative to Google Search. You should give Bing a try. Just because Google sucks big time, and Microsoft is doing well with this new alternative.

Google ex-employees launch search engine rival Cuil

Posted in Innovation, Technics by henrydewaag on February 7, 2009

A new search engine has been launched by some of Google’s former engineers, to rival their ex-employer’s market leading product. The engineers claim that Cuil can index, faster and more cheaply, a far larger portion of the web than Google can.

The new search engine says its service goes beyond prevailing search techniques that focus on web links and traffic patterns, instead analysing the context of each page and the concepts behind each user search request.

“Our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the internet,
placing nearly the entire web at the fingertips of every user,” said Tom Costello, Cuil co-founder and chief executive.

According to Danny Sullivan, web search analyst and editor-in-chief of Search Engine Land, Cuil could exploit complaints that consumers may have with Google, such as the fact it tries to do too much, its results favour already popular sites, and that it leans heavily on certain authoritative sites, such as Wikipedia.

“The time may be right for a challenger,” Sullivan said. “Competing with Google is still a very daunting task, as Microsoft will tell you,” he added.

According to Anna Patterson, founder of Cuil and former architect of Google’s TeraGoogle index of web pages, Cuil has indexed a 120 billion web pages, three times more than what they say Google currently indexes. She also claims that the company has spent just £2.5 million developing the search engine.

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