Cuil has indexed a whopping 120 billion Web pages, three times more
than what they say Google now indexes, Patterson said, adding the
company has spent just $5 million,
Google itself preemptively responded to Cuil's arrival with a blog
post on Friday boasting of the growing scale of its own Web search
Sullivan said he puts no stock in either company's boasts about the
size of their indexes, since it has only an indirect effect on the
ultimate success Web surfers have in searching. And Cuil's privacy
virtues are exaggerated, he adds.
Founded in late 2006, the Menlo Park, California-based Cuil has
raised $33 million in two separate rounds: The first, for $8 million
from Greylock and Tugboat Ventures, and the second for $25 million by
Madrone Capital Partners.
Initially, Cuil is optimized for American English. Later this year,
the company plans to enable Cuil users to perform searches in major
European languages, Patterson said. Eventually, Cuil plans to make
money by running ads alongside search results, she said, but provided
no further details.
Cuil is one of a number of start-ups that are looking to introduce
new technology that can change the competitive dynamics of the Web
search market that Google dominates.
Earlier in July, Microsoft bought Powerset, a San Francisco-based
search start-up that enables consumers to use semantic techniques --
conversational phrasing instead of keywords -- to search the Web.
(Editing by Lincoln Feast)
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