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October 03, 2002: Google News Updates

Google has updated their search appliance line. The appliance now supports searching password-protected content, and only gives users access to content for which they know the password. They've also added the same "fast update" technology we've seen recently on the real Google. "A fast changing top layer for important documents, updated hourly, and a larger, base layer that can be updated every day." which confirms my speculation on how Google's update system worked. Finally, they've increased capacity and introduced a new mid-range GB-5005 (a cluster of 5 Google search appliances) which can handle 150 queries a minute.

Google announced that their search results and ads will be featured in the Infospace network (including Excite, Dogpile, WebCrawler, MetaCrawler and InfoSpace). has an interesting opinion column about the new Google News, commenting that Google's computer-driven system gives a more interesting and varied look at the news than one that involved hand-picking by editors. (Thanks, Arcadi!)

And over on Google Groups, some users are complaining that Google isn't fully archiving their groups. Does anyone know anything about this? There's been more discussion in but no response. (Thanks, Michael!)

Posted by Aaron Swartz on October 03, 2002 05:45 PM