First round to Google

Google fires out a new Arabic service before the dust settles on Yahoo! Maktoob deal

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By  Mark Sutton Published  September 9, 2009

Barely two weeks after Yahoo! announced that it was finally getting into the Arabic market with the purchase of, it looks like Google has hit back.

Google, which has been offering Arabic services for a lot longer than Yahoo! has shown an interest in the language, last night announced the launch of a new Arabic language service called Ejabat.

Ejabat is a essentially a community portal type of site, that allows users to post questions online, creating a new page for each question as necessary. The community is then able to post suggested answers to the query.

According to the obligatory press statement: "Arabic users ask Google a tremendous number of questions every day however a lot of these remain unanswered due to the lack of Arabic content online."

So basically, Google launches Yahoo! Answers in Arabic. Yahoo! had better get a move on with its own Arabic services.

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