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Ask Jeeves Co-founder Takes Leadership Role at Interesting News Site

Ask Jeeves co-founder David Warthen has joined citizen journalism-meets-mainstream journalism site Allvoices as Chief Technology Officer. He will be responsible for the technical direction of the company.

How Important is Natural Language to the Future of Search?

Where Google is a search engine, and Bing is a "decision engine," Ask.com seeks to be an answer engine. Ask thinks the future of search is in questions and answers. This means, you should be able to ask a direct question and get a specific answer, rather than pages of results, which can lead you to finding the answer on your own.

Ask.com Gets New U.S. Leadership

On Friday Ask.com announced that it has promoted Doug Leeds to President of Ask.com U.S. In addition, Tony Gentile has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Product Management.

Leeds has been with Ask Networks since early 2006, where he has held several different positions. Most recently, he has been President of the company’s Dictionary.com and Chief Operating officer of Ask Networks. Now as President, he will oversee the US business for Ask.com and lead the development, launch, and execution of Ask’s strategy in the U.S.

Ask Brings Back Jeeves
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The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves, which has more recently gone by Ask.com has decided to bring the beloved butler back, at least in the UK (though his look is slightly updated). The company says that it knows from research that customers "love Jeeves and strongly associate him with providing answers. "

If you ask Jeeeves why he’s back, he’ll tell you:

Ask Shows Off Its Advanced Semantic Search
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Remember Ask? You know, the search engine with the Butler. While the company doesn’t get brought up in the discussion as much as it once did, it has not surrendered to Google and it’s other competitors just yet.

Ask has now announced some advances in its semantic search technology. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of Semantic Search, Wikipedia explains it:

Ask Man and Answerbag on Yahoo Answers Model
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I’d never heard of Answerbag before today’s news that Ask Jeeves co-founder, David Warthen, has joined the company.