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Wikia details plans for search rival to Google

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Friday he is putting the building blocks in place for a community-developed web search service that would compete with search engines such as Google or Yahoo! The new Wikia search service will combine computer-driven algorithms and human-assisted editing.

‘Amateur’ charge infuriates blogosphere

Internet culture, often portrayed as the vanguard of progress, is actually a jungle peopled by intellectual yahoos and digital thieves, according to a Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-dissenter. Andrew Keen, a 47-year-old Briton who founded dot-com era music start-up, argues that basic notions of expertise are under assault amid a cultural shift in favour of the amateurism of blogs.

Wikipedia founder remakes web-publishing economics

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Monday his for-profit company, Wikia, is ready to give away -- for free -- all the software, computing, storage and network access that website builders need to create community collaboration sites. Wikia, a commercial counterpart to the non-profit Wikipedia, will go even further to provide customers with 100% of any advertising revenue from the sites they build.

Google launches search service for computer code

Google is introducing a new search service -- strictly for computer programmers only. The web search leader said late on Wednesday it is introducing Google Code Search, a site that simplifies how software developers search for programming code to improve existing software or create new programs.

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