November 9, 2010 |
Ask.com, the Internet search engine that media mogul Barry Diller acquired for $1.85 billion to compete with Google Inc., is cutting 130 engineering jobs and conceding much of its search business to competitors. Ask.com, a unit of Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp., is dismissing engineers based in Edison, N.J., and in Hangzhou, China, and ceasing work on its algorithmic search technology, Ask.com President Doug Leeds said. The search unit will consolidate its engineering operations at its headquarters in Oakland and focus its resources on developing its online question-and-answer service.
May 6, 2010 |
Google Inc.'s search results page, one of the most sought-after addresses on the Web, is getting a major makeover. The Mountain View, Calif., giant said Wednesday that the page, where the results of an Internet search are listed, will have a new column on the left containing navigation tools to help users dig deeper for information. It would help sort results by content type and date, and even suggest other links or ways to refine the search. Google, which runs the world's most popular search engine, says it wants its millions of users to more quickly and easily find what they are looking for on the Internet.
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February 2, 2009 |
Have you ever tried to define God? Or wondered whether it is ethical to eat meat? Or debated if pornography is a sin? For a decade, AskMoses.com has been answering questions like these to a growing worldwide audience. Rabbinic scholars from the Orthodox Jewish Chabad movement dispense the free advice online 24 hours a day, six days a week (they don't work on the Sabbath).
March 5, 2008 |
In a dramatic about-face, Ask.com is abandoning its effort to outshine Internet search leader Google Inc. and will instead focus on a narrower market -- married women looking for help managing their lives. As part of the new direction outlined Tuesday, the company, founded in 1996 as AskJeeves.com, will lay off about 40 employees, or 8% of its workforce. With the shift, the Oakland company will return to its roots by concentrating on finding answers to basic questions about recipes, hobbies and children's homework.
December 11, 2007 |
Ask.com on Monday became the first major search engine to let users decide whether it can keep records of their queries in a move hailed by privacy watchdogs. The new Ask.com function could protect people as technology that tracks digital footprints becomes increasingly sophisticated, allowing marketers to mine a wealth of information to tailor advertising and promotions with ever-greater precision, privacy advocates said. They said they hoped the effort by Ask.com -- the fifth-largest U.S.
July 21, 2007 |
Ask.com became the first major search engine to promise users it won't store data on their queries, giving people concerned about privacy the option of conducting research on the Internet in relative anonymity. The move comes amid increasing concerns about the release of search information through leaks or subpoenas.