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Ask Jeeves to Acquire Teoma Technologies

Ask Jeeves, Inc. (http://www.ask.com), a provider of natural language question-answering and search technologies, has announced that it has acquired the privately held Teoma Technologies, Inc., a provider of next-generation Web search technologies. The company claims that the acquisition will enable Ask Jeeves to deliver one of the most advanced search technologies on the Web.

According to the announcement, Ask Jeeves will integrate Teoma's search technology across its Web Properties, currently the 17th most-visited Web property with more than 14 million unique users per month. Additionally, Ask Jeeves will operate Teoma.com, which is currently in beta, as a stand-alone Web property, maintaining the site as a pure search engine. [For more information about Teoma, see Richard W. Wiggins' Aug. 20 NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17526]

Ask Jeeves will also incorporate Teoma's leading search technologies into its suite of corporate search and syndication products. Ask Jeeves currently syndicates its popularity-based search technology to companies like About.com, iWon, MSN, and Lycos.

Teoma, whose name derives from the Gaelic word for "expert," determines its results by ranking a site based on its subject-specific popularity (the number of Web pages about the subject that reference this page) as well as its general popularity (the number of all the Web pages that reference this page). It also identifies and displays naturally existing hyperlinked communities of expert sites. Thus, Teoma's search results are claimed to be not only relevant but also more authoritative.

Teoma grew out of a research project begun in 1998 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, by a team of researchers led by Apostolos Gerasoulis, a professor of computer science and Teoma's chief technology officer.

Source: Ask Jeeves, Inc.



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