Japanese firms to cooperate on search engine

Posted on Wednesday, June 14 2006 @ 23:32:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Japan is looking to launch a new search engine to compete with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

More than 30 large organizations, including the University of Tokyo, Hitachi, Fujitsu and Telephone group are working together to create a new advanced search engine. The project also receives funding from the Japanese government.
The new search engine technology is said to be openly modifiable by users and other enterprises for specific needs. The search engine can be configured for example, to search for only specific topics related to medicine instead of general Internet information. Concerns that a monopoly is occurring was also a main reason for this major joint project. Google's censoring of information for users residing in China was also something that the group decided was control of information in a negative way.
More info at DailyTech.