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August 6, 2007 — 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 ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Wikia Acquires Web Crawler for New Search Engine

Wikia, Inc. ( has acquired the distributed Web crawler Grub from LookSmart ( and released it under an open source license. Grub adds a significant component to Search Wikia, which is scheduled to debut in this year’s 4Q. The Search Wikia project seeks to create a search engine based on open source search protocols and human collaboration.

Grub operates under a model of users donating their personal computing resources toward a common goal and is available for download and testing at Grub, now open source, is designed with modularity so that developers can quickly and easily extend and add functionality, improving the quality and performance of the entire system. By combining Grub, which is building a massive, distributed user-contributed processing network, with the power of a wiki to form social consensus, the open source Search Wikia project has taken the next major step toward a future where search is open and transparent.

To keep up with the latest developments around open source search or to volunteer, visit the community wiki at

Source: Wikia, Inc.

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