Wikipedia plans search engine to rival Google

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, is set
to launch an internet search engine with amazon.com that he hopes will
become a rival to Google and Yahoo!

Mr Wales has begun working on a search engine that exploits the same
user-based technology as his open-access encyclopaedia, which was
launched in 2003.

The project has been dubbed Wikiasari — a combination of wiki, the Hawaiian word for quick, and asari, which is Japanese for “rummaging search”.

Mr Wales told The Times that he was planning to develop a
commercial version of the search engine through Wikia Inc, his
for-profit company, with a provisional launch date in the first quarter
of next year.

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