p2pnet news view | Products:- “Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your …”
So said the Google entry for Cuil, a new search engine launched by the, “husband-and-wife team of Stanford professor Tom Costello and former Google search architect Anna Patterson, it’s pitched as bigger, faster, and better than Google’s flagship search engine in pretty much every way,” says CNET News.
Initially, efforts to open the site kept timing out, but persistence paid off and when it eventually loaded, it pulled in 89,346 results for p2pnet. But we got 114,586 results for p2pnet.net.
However, the fact it took its time opening had nothing to do with it being a beta.
Nope. This was full frontal CUIL —- the working version
“The most important difference between Cuil and Google is its ranking system,” says CNET.
“Rather than assigning priority to pages based on inbound links as Google does (“Pagerank”), Cuil analyzes the content of Web pages to divine their relevance to a search query. Costello bristled when I asked if this was a semantic search engine like PowerSet (recently sold to Microsoft). Costello said Cuil’s search is ‘contextual,’ and that, ‘we’re trying to understand the real world, not the Web’.”
Cuil claims to have better search results than Google and others, “based on how they index websites,” says TechCrunch, going on:
“They do not simply catalog keywords on a site and then rank the site based on its importance. They also work to understand how words are related (France – cheese – wine, for example), to return more relevant results to users. This is a semantic approach to search, but very different from Powerset’s natural language approach.”
Powerset, “uses artificial intelligence to try to understand what sentences on a website actually mean” but Cuil, “simply tries to properly categorize and file a web page, even if the category name doesn’t appear on the site.”
Next to the results is a category box which for us, under just p2pnet, read Canadian copyright law, Internet privacy, copyright activists, file sharing programs, and music industry associations.
Copyright law opened to Michael Geist, Copyright Board of Canada, Captain Copyright, Bill C. 60, and Access Copyright. Internet privacy included Phoenix labs (PeerGuardian), Privoxy (?), Electric Frontier Canada, Electric Frontier Foundation and PeerGuardian.
Copyright activists showed Richard Stallman, Mike Godwin and Cory Doctorow; file sharing programs produced Grokster (long dead), Frostwire, Blubster and Piolet; and, music industry associations gave Canadian Recording Industry Association, Australian Recording Industry Association and Recording Artists Coalition.
p2pnet.net, however, gave Canadian copyright law, Project Gotham Racing Series, file sharing networks, Wired magazine people, and filesharing programs.
Witred magazine people? Project Gotham Racing Series?
Cuil (It started out as Cuill) launched an index of 120 billion web pages, says TechCrunch.
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