This is great news. It might reduce the power companies like Google have:
http://www.newscientisttech.com/arti...ch-engine.html

"The building blocks for a community-driven internet search engine that will compete with the likes of as Google and Yahoo are being put in place according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Wales told a conference of software developers in Portland, Oregon, US, that his commercial start-up, Wikia, had acquired Grub, a distributed web crawler that scours the web and indexes relevant sites, from California-based company Looksmart.

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"If we can get good quality search results, I think it will really change the balance of power from the search companies back to the publishers," says Wales, chairman of Wikia, based in San Mateo, California. "I could be wrong about this, but it seems like a likely outcome."
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