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Ex-Google employees announce Cuil, new search engine

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Several former Google engineers left to start their own search service and yesterday they announced it.

Cuil (pronounced “cool”) claims to be able to index more of the web faster and more cheaply than Google, which currently boasts the largest online index.

According to Tom Costello, co-founder and chief executive of Cuil, “our significant breakthroughs in search technology have enabled us to index much more of the Internet, placing nearly the entire Web at the fingertips of every user.”

The company claims to have already indexed 120 billion web pages, three times more than Google’s index.

With Google diversifying so much the time could be right for someone to challenge Google on search, but can a start-up handle the pressure of competing against heavyweights like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft?

[Via Reuters]

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