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June 24, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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FAST Claims Its Is Now the World’s Largest Search Engine

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of search and real-time filter technologies, has announced that (, its search technology showcase, now searches nearly 2.1 billion Web pages vs. the 2.07 billion Web pages listed on Google's home page as of June 16. With a full refresh cycle of 7 to 11 days, AllTheWeb delivers comprehensive search results from over 2 billion Web pages and integrates them with breaking news results from thousands of news sources and hundreds of millions of multimedia, video, MP3, and software files, all within a single search result page.

FAST also announced the addition of Adobe Acrobat PDF files as a searchable file type, along with a redesigned user interface to make the discovery of the right information easier than ever. With advanced linguistics, categorization techniques, and support for 49 languages, AllTheWeb combines a comprehensive, fresh, and fully integrated search resource with one of the largest news resources on the Internet.

"It's a major challenge for the search engines to keep up with the constantly expanding Web and still be able to ferret out the best results," said Chris Sherman, editor of SearchDay, a daily newsletter from "Bigger isn't necessarily always better, but AllTheWeb's new 2.1 billion document index combined with its high-quality search engine is a winning combination for searchers."

According to the company, AllTheWeb is the FAST public search technology showcase and R&D sandbox that demonstrates FAST's advanced search capabilities for customers and partners. Here the scalability, relevance, and ease of use of FAST Internet and enterprise search offerings are tested and new technologies, ideas, and applications are deployed in a real-world setting. Specifically, portal customers can take advantage of features displayed at AllTheWeb through the FAST Web Search product offering, which is currently delivered to millions of users per month via leading Web portals.

"FAST's mission is to deliver leading real-time search and information retrieval technology to our clients," said John M. Lervik, CEO of FAST. "The index size of AllTheWeb demonstrates the unique scalability of our search products, while support for multiple file and language types displays our flexibility and universal search abilities. The integration of breaking news highlights our real-time indexing capabilities, while our advanced linguistics and categorization techniques automatically interpret the correct meaning of queries and connect users to the most relevant information."

Source: FAST Search & Transfer

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