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Norwegian Technology Powers Lycos to Top Web Coverage

[June 14] Web portal Lycos announced Wednesday that its collaboration with Norwegian search technology developer Fast Search & Transfer has powered it to the top spot in Web coverage with over 340 million pages indexed.

According to Lycos, the target remains one billion URLs in the coming year -- a figure the two companies fully expect to reach and a good indication of the size of the visible Internet.

Ron Sege, executive vice president of Lycos, said the portal had made a tremendous leap forward in catalog size and quality using FAST technology, especially in FTP, MP3 and multimedia.

"By identifying the best search technologies and adding them to our own proprietary approaches, we are able to create search sites that help the user more easily exploit the power of the Internet," said Sege.

Rob Fisher, chief executive of Fast Search & Transfer, confirmed his commitment to the billion-page target.

"We know of no other search architecture that can efficiently scale to this magnitude and still provide response times of less than a second," said Fisher.

Fast Search & Transfer is expanding its strategic relationship with Lycos by powering both Lycos main and advanced Web searches. Among its technologies are flexible, high-capacity alert engines, and advanced image and video compression.

Often suffering from a bad press for lagging behind such portals as Yahoo! and Excite, Lycos had good news in June when WebSideStory reported a significant increase in its popularity. WebSideStory's StatMarket application monitors how much traffic each search engine sends to other sites.

Lycos is currently in the process of being acquired by Spain's Terra Networks, S.A. in a massive stock-for-stock transaction. However, the formation of Terra Lycos is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.