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IBM Launches New Search Engine
Posted on September 18, 2003
IBM unveils new advanced search engine
IBM has launched an advanced new
search mechanism capable of extracting minute data from
among billions of Web pages.
In unveiling the WebFountain, the
American technology giant also said it hoped the new
platform could help bring in revenue for the firm.
IBM says the new search engine is
able to intelligently use a massive data index that
it builds up.
The system, run by a supercomputer
that absorbs 25 million Web pages a day from the Internet,
learns to recognise and put into context particular
phrases and groups of words on command.
It begins to associate names and
people in articles about a certain subject and gathers
specific information that can be used as a business
The platform could allow companies
such as advertising agencies and content providers to
search huge quantities of text and come up with the
precise data they are looking for, saving critical time
It would allow firms to track business
trends or pick up scuttlebutt about their industry,
themselves, their clients and their competitors by paying
a fee for the use of the computer infrastructure each
time they need data.
declined to say how much the system cost to develop.