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AltaVista News Search


https://web.archive.org/web/20110513182058/http://www.altavista.com/news/default

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AltaVista was one of the first successful search engines working from 1995 to 2013. AltaVista started under the domain altavista.digital.com and paid $3.3 million to acquire altavista.com in 1997. The search engine was developed by Network Systems Laboratory and the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation. In the following years, the search engine was sold with the owner companies first from Digital to Compaq and then from Compaq to Overture, which was sold almost directly to Yahoo. While AltaVista initially provided Yahoo's search results, Yahoo later offered AltaVista's search results. According to Danny Sullivan (see AltaVista web search), Digital didn't develop AltaVista to build a successful search engine, they created it to sell their computer technology by demonstrating the mass of data their supercomputers can manage. AltaVista offered numerous vertical search offers over the years.

Since 2000 AltaVista offered a news search. First the news offer of Moreover was integrated. Moreover was a provider of news aggregation products for companies that also offered free news feeds for consumers. Moreover was also involved in the development of RSS technology.

A short time later, AltaVista started its own news search, which was later replaced by Yahoo's news search.

     
Language Multilingual



Launched 2000
Closed 2011



Developer AltaVista



Country of Origin US America



Owner
2000 - 2003 Compaq Computer Corporation
2003 - 2003 Overture
2003 - 2011 Yahoo Inc



Topic News SeEn



Region No Limitation



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Strategy
Search Interface / Search API
Robot/Crawler based, algorithmic search
News Site Search // News Aggregator



Used SeEn Moreover
AltaVista News search
Yahoo News






Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite



Danny Sullivan (2002): »AltaVista maintains a news search engine that presents articles from sites across the web. AltaVista users access this information primarily through Blended Search Links from the main AltaVista results page or by going directly to the AltaVista News web site,...

AltaVista has dropped Moreover in place of its own system to gather content (that system, by the way, is largely using the AllTheWeb news crawler). Prisma refinement links are also offered with news searching (and have been moved to the right-hand side of the screen for ordinary web searching).« Source




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See also AltaVista web search Source



References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltaVista
Wikipedia (Others): https://web.archive.org/web/20141029164315/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moreover_Technologies
     

Other Sources

Sullivan, Danny (2003): News Search Engines. Online available at: Search Engine Land. URL: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2066660/News-Search-Engines
Notess, Greg R. (2003): AltaVista News Search Review. Online available at Search Engine Showdown. URL: http://www.searchengineshowdown.com/news/av/
Danny Sullivan (2001): Moreover Powers AltaVista, NBCi News Search URL: https://web.archive.org/web/20160103050818/http://searchenginewatch.com/sew/study/2064714/moreover-powers-altavista-nbci-news-search




Created: 2013-03-10