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IT-Analysis: Google on Linux scoops mega-deal with Virgin

Nov 26, 1999, 13:37 (1 Talkback[s])
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"In a deal that will most certainly boost the validity and presence of the search engine Google, Virgin has just used it to replace Excite as the search engine that powers the Virgin super-site, Virgin.net. The site, which attracts around 15 million page impressions a month from a user base of approximately 1 million, caters for a host of customer requirements with its entertainment and leisure guide. And is firmly recognised as quite a force in the UK marketplace."

"Quite why it has dropped a high-profile service like that provided by Excite is unclear as no statements appear to have been made about the deal. However, we are more than prepared to speculate that it is simply because Google is an extremely powerful search facility. It was apparently created by two Stanford graduates, allegedly in the William Gates building at the University, who set about creating a search engine the returned decent results - rather than the endless garbage returned by many of the facilities."

"With this end in mind the two of them developed a model that essentially guesstimates the importance and relevance of pages by measuring the quantity and quality of the links - which we have found returns incredibly useful results. The pair based the system on Linux, for obvious reasons, and set about gaining some backing for the venture, which they finally secured in the shape of a $25 million pay-out from the likes of Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital - two rival VC firms in Silicon Valley."

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