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30 Japanese orgs building new search engine

SearchMainichi Daily News is reporting that about 30 Japanese organizations in Japan, including the University of Tokyo and major electronics and telecom companies, will be jointly opening a research institute to develop a next-generation search engine. The institute, which will be subsidized by the Japanese government, plans to have the new search engine "put into practical use" within two years. Among the companies involved are Hitachi, Fujitsu, and NTT, and the Mainichi article seems to imply that the end product will be open source.

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