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Yahoo allows users build own search engines

Yahoo! is opening up its search technology to its users, with a new package called Build your Own Search Service (BOSS).

The BOSS tool will allow users to create search engines to retrieve customized results on their own sites.

The service taps directly into Google search API's and allows users to put the search data within their own interfaces and add them to data from other web services.

Yahoo said this lets users create customised search engines which can return results based on user preference or social networking connections, all from Yahoo! own search index.

The service is being offered as an alternative to Yahoo's previous search API tool, which restricted the ordering and presentation of the results, as well as a strict limit of 5,000 queries per day.

Prabhakar Raghavan, chief strategist for Yahoo Search, said: "It lets them realize their own vision of what a search experience should be, enabling unlimited mash-ups and disrupting the search landscape," "BOSS will enable developers and companies to easily enter the search industry, without large capital or resource expenditures, unleashing a wave of search innovation beyond any one of today's search principals."

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