A Gaggle of Google Wannabes

From BusinessWeek:

In the race for Web-search share, Ask.com is the tortoise. The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves still handles less than 6% of U.S. searches, though it’s been in the industry since 1996, more than a year before front-runner Google. Google controls roughly 51% of searches, including queries conducted on Time Warner’s AOL and News Corp.’s MySpace.

But IAC/Interactive’s (IACI) Ask.com and other tortoise-like Web-search rivals are hoping they’ll gain advantage in the long run by coming up with new, clever methods of searching for information on the Web, as Google ramps up efforts to expand beyond search.

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