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Cuil: The Web's "biggest search engine" launches

28 July 2008

A new search engine which has indexed 120 billion Web pages, three times more than any other search engine, was launched today.

The new search engine, called Cuil (pronounced "cool") provides organised and relevant results based on Web page content analysis.

The search engine goes beyond today's search techniques of link analysis and traffic ranking to analyze the context of each page and the concepts behind each query. It then organises similar search results into groups and sorts them by category.

Cuil provides various organising features, such as tabs to clarify subjects, images to identify topics and search refining suggestions to help guide users to the results they seek.

Cuil's technology was developed by a team with extensive history in search. The company is led by husband-and-wife team Tom Costello and Anna Patterson. Mr. Costello researched and developed search engines at Stanford University and IBM; Ms. Patterson is best known for her work at Google, where she was the architect of the company's large search index and led a Web page ranking team.

"Since we met at Stanford, Tom and I have shared a vision of the ideal search engine," said Anna Patterson.

"Our team approaches search differently. By leveraging our expertise in search architecture and relevance methods, we've built a more efficient yet richer search engine from the ground up. The Internet has grown and we think it's time search did too."


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