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Wired: Deja 'Revolt' Against Google

Feb 22, 2001, 00:31 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

"When Google purchased an archive that contains millions of Usenet posts from the now defunct-Deja search service earlier this month, it promptly took a large part of the archive offline until Google could design a new search interface for the collection."

"But many people, who relied on having ready access to the archive, say Usenet archives are too important to be entrusted to a single commercial concern."

"Some suggest the best place for the archives would be the Library of Congress. But one former Deja user wants to create an open-source, community-based Usenet archive and has asked Google to contribute the programming code of the old Deja service to the open-source community and give the project full access to the Usenet archive."

"Google spokesman David Krane said that Google would consider making the Usenet archives available to an alternative archiving system, but he would not comment on whether the company would make the programming code accessible as well."

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