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A mashup of two different types of web search tools could make find the useful nuggets of information among all the grit on the Internet much easier.
 We have all experienced the inconvenience of trying to search for something on the World Wide Web and the search engine spewing back thousands of results, none of which look very relevant. The addition of new addresses, such as Europe's ".EU" domain mean that the number of web pages available will continue to grow and the problem of taming all that information will only get worse.
 To help solve the problem, information scientists Liu Wei and Chen Junjie of the Taiyuan University of Technology, in Shanxi, China, have brought together to distinct types of computer software to help them build a new search engine that can intelligently crawl other search engines. They describe their new search robot in Inderscience's International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering.
He and his colleagues turned to the concept of search agent. Search agents, are intelligent virtual robots that can scan data very quickly looking for keywords and assessing the context of their findings. For instance, returning results related only to apples rather than Apple computers, when a fruit farmer searches for information on tasty new strains. There are several tools available to computer programmers for creating such agents. The researchers have then combined the search agent idea with another technology, the so-called meta search engine.
Meta searches involve scanning information, not from a single source, the Google or Yahoo index say, but from all available sources. Sites such as Bytesearch, MetaCrawler and Ixquick are well-known meta search tools.
The team has developed a new intelligent search agent and combined it with a meta search tool. The intelligent agent can determine the context of the user's search terms and choose appropriate search engines to scan. It then retrieves the most relevant results. Junjie explains that this approach, boosts the precision rate and the recall rate of traditional search engines, and fulfil users' query requests well.
Team member Liu Wei provides an example of how the system might work in practice.

"Suppose you are interested in a specific football team, our meta-search engine would find your user profile containing your interest in football, when you enter a keyword such as "football", the information on your favourite team from the various search engines will be retrieved preferentially" - Liu Wei.

This not only boosts the precision rate and the recall rate of the meta-search engine but also assists with finding other more obscure information based on context.

Source: Inderscience Publishers


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European Union probe triggered by concerns over how long Google stores user information has widened to include all Internet search engines.
The EU's panel of national data protection officers said it's now concerned over the retention of data that the companies use to deliver more relevant search results and advertising. Some fear the data could be targeted by hackers and governments.

"The Working Party will deal with search engines in general and scrutinize their activities from a data-protection point of view, because this issue affects an ever-growing number of users," it said in a statement Thursday.

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Ask has revamped its search engine to help distinguish itself from rivals such as Google and Microsoft.
In the revamp it has added to the traditional list of links results from a wide range of sources including videos and blogs.
The new page also lets users fine tune search terms to help them home in on the results they really want.

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Yahoo launches Alpha search engine


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Yesterday, the Yahoo!7 Search team began testing a beta service called Alpha that was born out of pizza and furious coding.
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iAMIGA, the Amiga search engine at www.iamiga.info has been updated with onsite fullscreen flash video games (select from the menubar at the top), Goo-tube video-search and finally a new aqua-themed lay-out of the page.

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A web 2.0 search engine www.younanimous.com
This search engine grabs results from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. It also allows you to develop your own widgets and algorithms based on your searches.

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New search engines blossom on the internet almost every week, but the latest search engine to grace the web - UFO Crawler - simply stands out.
The Anomalies Network, in collaboration with IBM's OmniFind Yahoo! Edition, has just launched UFO Crawler, the new search tool which scours the web for information on ghosts, UFO sightings, classified files and any unexplained or paranormal experiences.
UFO Crawler combines thousands of documents from The Anomalies Network archive, which contains the world's largest online database of reported UFO sightings, mysteries and case studies - including abductions, UFO crashes worldwide or conspiracy theories.

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www.ufocrawler.com

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Google now offers themes to personalise your home page.
To slowdown your web surfing the themes include, a relaxing beach scene, Japanese tea house, Seasonal Scape, city skyline, and curiously, a bus stop. The themes will change dynamically depending on the time of day and weather conditions.

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Hum,
are you too feeble or too old to use google or yahoo?
Then its time to visit Cranky.com, the first age-relevant search engine.

The operators want you to think that life begins at 50, and they invite users to start thinking about living their lives to the fullest.

cranky.com

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Scroogle.org is Daniel Brandt's Google scraping proxy.
Scroogle scrapes Google's website to return its search results without ads - bypassing the Google cookie, and protecting the user's privacy. Google is unable to match the searches to any other information. Scroogle makes around 50,000 scrapes per day.

www.scroogle.org

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