1/11/2006

European tech giants craft search engine

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:02 am

Quaero is billed as Europe’s answer to Google, but it has a lot to live up to.

The awkward word - which means “to search” in Latin - is unlikely to flash across the continent’s computer screens anytime soon.

So far Quaero is just a scattering of top tech minds in labs across France and Germany, working on what they hope will be the world’s most advanced multimedia search engine.

Quaero epitomizes European ambitions - especially for French President Jacques Chirac - of creating alternatives to U.S. technological prowess. But facing off against super-rich, super-talented U.S. companies may prove daunting for the cumbersome consortium of European companies and public agencies hatching Quaero.

Source: AP

 

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