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February 10, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

Search engine and cache company Inktomi Corp has announced two new and customizable services for its search engine. The first, called dedicated search clusters, should let portals add fresh content to their search facilities daily or hourly. GeoCities has already signed up for the service, as has AOL subsidiary ICQ. The second new service is called custom data blending. This lets portals add customer data sets to Inktomi’s whole-web search. N2H2 has used this facility to filter adult content for its family-friendly search engine, Searchopolis, while iAtlas Corp will allow users to focus their searches by industry type, company size, site popularity or geographic location. Both of these features are shipping now. Inktomi also plans to add a Universal Search later this month and to add Centraal’s Realnames functionality in the first half of this year (CI No 3,575). In a separate announcement, Inktomi said that it had formed a strategic alliance with British Telecommunications Plc, under which BT will become the host of Inktomi’s first European search cluster (see separate story).

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