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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Database guru to run Yahoo social search research

CNET News.com: "Yahoo said on Monday it named a top academic database expert to head its research team studying links between computer and human-aided Web search.
Yahoo hired Raghu Ramakrishnan, 45, as vice president and Yahoo research fellow in charge of defining the strategy behind Yahoo's 'social search' system, based on his expertise in databases, data-mining and privacy-preserving technologies.
Social search--a broad effort to enhance computerized Web- search tools with insights gained from mining the collective knowledge of its users--is the linchpin of Yahoo's strategy to compete with rival Google, which has focused heavily on advances in computerized search. "
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