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Topix will provide the local news results for Ask Jeeves’ news search section. This is a pretty good deal for a company so young — they launched officially in March. The Topix folks wouldn’t disclose terms of the deal. V.P. of business development Mike Markson said to expect more partnerships like this soon.
Ask Jeeves Taps Topix.net to Deliver Local News
— Major Search Engine Selects Topix.net’s Local News Technology
PALO ALTO, Calif. – September 21, 2004 – Topix.net, the Internet’s
Largest News Site, today announced that it has been selected by Ask
Jeeves, Inc. (NasdaqNM: ASKJ) to provide Local News to the Ask.com
News channel. Through this partnership, Ask Jeeves becomes the first
major portal to feature Topix.net’s news technology.
Topix.net provides visitors to Ask.com access to local news gathered
from over 7,000 sources. Unlike any other news aggregator, Topix.net
provides localized news for over 32,500 US and international
localities. Ask Jeeves’ utilization of Topix.net includes the use
of NewsRank(tm), Topix.net’s algorithmic story editing technology,
which improves the user experience by leveraging a set of semantic
category filters to improve the relevancy of the news selection in
favor of major and interesting stories.
“Connecting our users to local news with Topix.net is something
we’re very excited about here at Ask Jeeves,” said Jim Lanzone,
Senior Vice President of Search Properties at Ask Jeeves, “Getting
relevant and timely local news to our users is a critical part of
our local strategy, and Topix.net’s technology is a great fit for us.”
For partners interested in subject specific or locally relevant news,
Topix.net licenses its news aggregation technology, giving any web site
the ability to integrate contextually relevant content onto their site,
increasing page views and repeat visitors. Topix.net distributes news
organized by topic and location for over 150,000 categories, enabling
web sites to be able to feature news that matters to their users.
“We’re excited to provide Ask Jeeves’ users with neighborhood-level
local news,” said Topix.net CEO Rich Skrenta. “By featuring the news
we aggregate from every newspaper, radio and TV station, and thousands
of other sources, Ask Jeeves users will be able to quickly find the
news that matters to them.”
Powering news for over 1,500 web sites, Topix.net has the richest
and most comprehensive syndicated news solution available today.
Topix.net is the Internet’s largest news site, providing news about
over 150,000 subjects, including news for every locality in the US,
every major sports team, every public company, and subject based news
pages on industries, health, entertainment and thousands of other
categories. Topix.net aggregates from over 7,000 news sources,
and distributes its 150,000 RSS news feed, as well powering the
Topix.net site itself. Topix.net was founded in 2002 by an experienced
Silicon Valley technology and management team that built the Open
Directory Project (acquired by Netscape) as well as executives from
Sun, AOL, Netscape, and cofounders of Terraspring, Spoke Software
and the Internet Commerce Group at Sun Microsystems. Topix.net is
headquartered in Palo Alto, California. www.topix.net
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