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Search engine AltaVista to shut down

Yahoo! will close AltaVista, one of the pioneers of web search, on 8th July

Search engine AltaVista to shut down
AltaVista as it appeared in 1999.

Yahoo! has announced the end for one of the earliest search engines, AltaVista.

The search engine, which originally launched in 1995, was one of the pioneers of web search, but lost ground to later rivals such as Google.

AltaVista was created by researchers working for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) who trying to provide services to make finding files on the public network easier. By 1998, the site was handling 13 million queries per day, and had the most pages indexed of any search engine at the time.

Yahoo! acquired the AltaVista technology, index and name when it bought ad firm Overture in 2003. The service will shut finally on 8th July.

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