Ask Jeeves Announces Launch of Beta Version of

    August 23, 2004

Ask Jeeves today announced the launch of a beta version of, a new Japanese language Web search engine.

Based on the company’s flagship Ask Jeeves search destination, is developed by Ask Jeeves Japan Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Ask Jeeves, Inc. and Japan-based transcosmos inc.

Of the major search and portal sites in Japan, only Google and Yahoo! Japan provide their own search technologies. With today’s launch of, Japanese Web users now have three options for world-class search technology.

“International expansion is an important component of our corporate growth strategy,” said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Ask Jeeves, Inc. “We are happy that Japanese Web users are now able to take advantage of our unique search experience and the superior relevancy our technologies provide.”

“We are excited to make the beta version of available to the general public for the very first time,” said Hirotaka Shiokawa, president and CEO of Ask Jeeves Japan. “End-user feedback will enable us to optimize the search experience and deliver the best possible product for the official launch of”’s Japanese-only index contains over 150 million Web pages at this time, and new pages will be continually added leading up to the formal launch. In addition, other improvements and new features will be added regularly. Ask Jeeves expects to offer the first fully functional version of, including access to Ask Jeeves’ global index, in the first quarter of 2005.

Ask Jeeves’ Teoma Technology Delivers Authoritative Results incorporates Ask Jeeves’ proprietary Teoma(R) search technology. Based on social networking theory, Teoma technology takes a unique approach to relevancy ranking.

Like the Google and Yahoo! search engines, Teoma utilizes a form of link popularity to assist in page ranking, but Teoma doesn’t stop there: It goes a step further to analyze each page’s reputation among experts on a given topic to determine relevancy. With this proprietary Subject-Specific Popularity(TM) technology, Teoma is the first and only search engine to break the Web down into topic-based “communities” of sites, and to give added credibility to those sites respected as authorities on a particular subject. Fittingly, Teoma means “expert” in Gaelic.

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