Cuill takes on Google for the search engine crown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's spelled C-U-I-L-L and it's pronounced "cool." And the person who came up with the latest search engine to rival Google is hoping Internet surfers will find the site a cool alternative the online juggernaut.

The inventor of Cuill is Anna Patterson. Her last Internet search engine did so well, Google bought the technology in 2004 to upgrade its own system. Patterson has since quit Google and says she now has an even better way to root out information from the Internet.

The search engine is to begin processing requests for the first time Monday. The search engine spans 120 billion Web pages. Patterson says that's at least three times the size of Google's index. But that's not certain, since Google stopped publicly tallying the size of its index nearly three years ago. At the time it spanned more than 8 billion Web pages.

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