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Ex-Google workers launch Internet search rival Cuil

Posted on 12:02 AM by Sameer Shah

Cuil's founders are taking aim at their former work place, claiming their search engine offers greater depth and breadth on the constantly expanding world wide web.

"The internet is getting bigger and more disorganised every day," Cuil's founders said in a post on www.cuil.com

They say the "new architecture and algorithms" incorporated into their site will be able to handle the exponential growth of the internet. Cuil says that, unlike Google, which reportedly ignores seldom-visited or obscure websites in its index, Cuil doesn't discriminate and has packed 120 billion web pages in its index.

"Size matters because many people use the Internet to find information that is of interest to them, even if it's not popular," Cuil said.

Cuil's founders include former "Googlers" Anna Patterson, Russell Power and Louis Monier. Patterson and Power worked on Google's "TeraGoogle" search index and Mr Monier specialised in search engine design.

The search engine's front page follows the spartan look of Google, even intensifying the focus on a single search box with the use of a plain, black background.

In a seemingly pre-emptive blog posting on Friday, Google software engineers Jesse Alpert and Nissan Hajaj said the company scans more than a trillion web pages and indexes those it believes will be useful to searchers.

"We're proud to have the most comprehensive index of any search engine, and our goal always has been to index all the world's data," Mr Alpert and Mr Hajaj said in the posting.

Google dominates online search with more than 60 per cent of the market and is so popular the company's name has become a verb.

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