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Ask Jeeves Announces Research Center in Italy

Monday, February 6, 2006 - 04:16

Feb 06, 2006 -- Ask Jeeves, Inc. (IACI), a leading provider of information retrieval technologies, brands and Internet advertising services, formally announced the opening of its research center in Pisa, Italy. The research center will serve as Ask Jeeves' European hub for search technology research and development, working directly with the company's U.S.-based research centers in Campbell, Calif. and Piscataway, N.J.

 

The formation of the research center furthers Ask Jeeves' presence in Europe. The company recently launched two European Web search sites, Ask Espana and Ask Deutschland, with additional European launches planned later this year.

"Ask Jeeves' research and development team is continually striving to develop the most innovative and useful technologies for our users," said Apostolos Gerasoulis, executive vice president of search technology at Ask Jeeves. "The creation of a research center in Italy will allow us to access the broadest pool of talented professionals across Europe, while helping the company to further advance its world-class technology for users worldwide."

Lead by Antonio Gulli, an expert in search engine technology and the creator of Italy's first search engine, Arianna, the Ask Jeeves European research center will support all of Ask Jeeves search sites, including the flagship Ask.com. With broad expertise in machine learning, social networking, data mining, information retrieval and other theories and technologies, the team in Italy will contribute to all aspects of the Ask Jeeves search engine, including its unique ranking methodology, which leverages topic clusters on the Web to determine relevance; vertical search technologies, like image and news; and application-level features, such as Zoom related search.

"Our European team has already made great strides in the continued innovation around Ask Jeeves search, and this new research center will fuel further development of useful and innovative search products for our users," said Gulli.

About Ask Jeeves, Inc.

As the 7th largest global web property (comScore Media Metrix, December 2005), Ask Jeeves, Inc. delivers world-class information retrieval products through a diverse portfolio of Web sites, portals and downloadable applications. Ask Jeeves' search and search-based portal brands include: Ask Jeeves (Ask.com, Ask.co.uk and Ask.es), the Ask Jeeves Japan joint venture (Ask.jp), Ask Jeeves Kids (AJKids.com), Bloglines (bloglines.com), Excite (excite.com), iWon (iwon.com), My Way (myway.com) and Fun Web Products (funwebproducts.com). Additionally, Ask Jeeves owns differentiated search technology, as well as natural language processing, portal and ad-serving technologies. Ask Jeeves generates revenue from advertisers seeking to reach the company's broad-based online audience. Founded in 1996, Ask Jeeves became a wholly-owned business of IAC/InterActiveCorp in July, 2005. Its headquarters are located in Oakland, California, with offices throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia.

SOURCE Ask Jeeves, Inc.

Contacts:

Patrick Crisp of Ask Jeeves, Inc., +1-510-985-7696, patrick@askjeeves.com; or Mel
Bolton of Dotted Line Communications, +1-510-704-0870, mel@dottedlinecomm.com, for
Ask Jeeves, Inc.

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