Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Google acquires new search technology

Google has beaten out Yahoo and Microsoft and acquired new search technology developed at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

The Orion search engine is the work of Ori Allon, a 26-year-old PhD student, inspired by an idea a year ago from his supervisor Dr Eric Martin. Mr Allon is understood to have moved to Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley to develop the algorithm further.

Allon said results to queries were displayed in the form of expanded text extracts “giving you the relevant information without having to go to the web-site”.

The question is how much gets extracted? Google need ensure they do not compromise any copyright issues. But, they should be able to get beyond that and provide a valuable new service. It looks like an interesting move.

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