Yahoo! Taps Inktomi’s Search Engine

Yahoo! Inc.
and Inktomi Corp. today announced they
have signed an agreement in which Inktomi will integrate a Web search engine
into Yahoo!’s Web directory and
navigational guide within the next 90 days.


The popular portal player said that the new Inktomi
search engine will work with its existing navigation system in order to
provide
increased Web search options. In addition, Yahoo! said that Inktomi’s
search-generated page views will be folded into Yahoo!’s advertising and
merchandising inventory.


“Yahoo! delivers a strong and effective distribution platform enabling
Inktomi to reach a comprehensive, global Web audience,” said Dave
Peterschmidt, CEO of Inktomi. “The combination of Inktomi’s innovative search
capabilities with Yahoo!’s intuitive, high-quality navigation services will
provide users with a powerful resource to maximize the value of the Internet.”


San Mateo, Calif.-based Inktomi says its search engine is capable of indexing
over 110 million documents. Inktomi’s search system employs parallel and
cluster
technologies and includes carrier-class network cache systems.


Yahoo’s Web navigator uses directories based upon subject, demographic and
geographic content. Instead of using automated “spiders” as most search
engines do, the company’s staff is responsible for reviewing and indexing
Web sites that they then sort by content into the directory.


“Yahoo! remains committed to providing its users the best integrated Web
search service throughout our comprehensive, global branded network of
properties,” said Jeff Mallett, CEO of Yahoo! Inc.
“Inktomi’s tightly integrated search service complements Yahoo!’s leading
content, communications, community and commerce services to offer a superior
experience for all levels of Web users.”

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