AltaVista News Search

AltaVista was one of the first successful search engines working from 1995 to 2013. AltaVista started under the domain and paid $3.3 million to acquire 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

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

Topic News SeEn

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
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


Critical points

Features & Functionality


See also AltaVista web search Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Sullivan, Danny (2003): News Search Engines. Online available at: Search Engine Land. URL:
Notess, Greg R. (2003): AltaVista News Search Review. Online available at Search Engine Showdown. URL:
Danny Sullivan (2001): Moreover Powers AltaVista, NBCi News Search URL:

Created: 2013-03-10