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Yahoo! Expands Search Capability With "Deep Search"

Company Offers Access to Paid Databases

The great early 21st century search-engine battle continues, with word of Yahoo's introduction of a "deep web" service that lets users to search subscription-only sites.

Normally off limits to traditional searches, subscription-only databases are a multi-billion dollar businesss that form the core of serious searches by business analysts and planners, research companies, and the academic community.

There's no free lunch, so users will still have to subscribe to the services from which they wish to extract information. But this new search capability, should it prove to be effective, will enable researchers with mulitple subscriptions to simplify and/or facilitate at least some of their searches.


Yahoo CEO
Terry Semel


The service is now available in the UK, and is expected to be available to the U.S. yahoo site soon. Much of its success will depend on the willingness and ability of paid-content providers to make their content availablle, of course--i
nitial content providers for the service include FT.com, the Wall Street Journal Online, Forrester Research Inc and thestreet.com. Content from Factiva, LexisNexis, and Thomson Gale is expected soon.

Yahoo was first to the market with a general portal and the ability to search vast amounts of information. However, it relied on the Google search engine soon after Google was started, and now Yahoo trails Google in the worldwide search market. Although growing quickly and profitably, Yahoo's recent financial results are less-enough spectacular than Google's to indicate that it faces serious competition from its Silicon Valley rival.

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