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  • Ask offers ability to dress up Jeeves
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    Ask offers ability to dress up Jeeves

    By 22 January 2010

    If you really have nothing else to do this Friday afternoon, then you can head over to the Ask Jeeves search engine homepage and play around with costume options for a middle-aged man. With the boast of 100,000 different outfit combinations, Ask says...

  • Ask.com brings back Jeeves
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    Ask.com brings back Jeeves

    By 20 April 2009

    Ask.com has brought back Jeeves the butler to its online search engine service after 3 years in retirement. The search engine has given the character a Framestore, 3D makeover stating that users of the site missed his "friendly, human touch". Jeeves was...

  • Search site Ask gets facelift
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    Search site Ask gets facelift

    By 6 October 2008

    It dropped it's iconic butler at the beginning of 2006, and has since added new applications to its search website, but Ask has now opted for a complete rehaul in a bid to gain fans. The team behind the search engine, which is up against the likes of...

  • Ask.com buys dictionary sites
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    Ask.com buys dictionary sites

    By 6 July 2008

    Ask.com has now bought the reference websites, dictionary.com and thesaurus.com. The web search company, which is part of IAC or InterActiveCorp, has closed an all-cash deal to acquire Lexico Publishing Group LLC, which owns both of the sites. California-based...

  • Ask.com rebranded for married, American mothers?
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    Ask.com rebranded for married, American mothers?

    By 5 March 2008

    CNN reports that in a "dramatic about-face", Ask.com is quitting its attempts to outshine search leader Google and will instead focus on a narrower market, specifically married women looking for help managing their lives. The new direction for the company,...

  • AskEraser launched to protect online surfers' privacy
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    AskEraser launched to protect online surfers' privacy

    By 11 December 2007

    Ask.com is claiming to be the first ever search engine to provide its users with privacy controls over their online searches. Ask Eraser allows users to delete their search activity by erasing all future search queries and associated cookie information...

  • Microsoft announces new online privacy principles
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    Microsoft announces new online privacy principles

    By 23 July 2007

    Following hot on the heels of Google's recent announcement that their PREF cookies will now expire after 2 years, Microsoft has announced an enhanced set of privacy principles for Live Search and online advertising data collection, use and protection....

  • Ask.com gets a 3D re-vamp
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    Ask.com gets a 3D re-vamp

    By 5 June 2007

    Ask.com, the fourth most popular search engine in the US, is undergoing a major revamp to try and catch Google up. On a very similar theme to Google's recent announcement about moving towards the "Google Universal Search" where multimedia results will...

  • Ask.com asks users to Challenge Ask for big prizes
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    Ask.com asks users to Challenge Ask for big prizes

    By 27 November 2006

    Ask.com, the search engine, has launched a new instant online search and win mechanic, "Challenge Ask". In what seems like a blatant attempt to encourage people to use the site more, every time logged in members search for something they are entered into...

  • Ask.com launch exclusive cricket site for summer tour
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    Ask.com launch exclusive cricket site for summer tour

    By 24 May 2006

    For cricket fans who can't get enough of the sport, Ask.com has launched a dedicated website as part of its official partnership with the England Cricket Team. The website, www.ask.com/cricket, offers competitions and exclusive content, like player videos,...

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    New survey finds Brits confused over gadgets

    By 10 March 2006

    A recent survey has found that a surprisingly high number of British people are baffled by using a BlackBerry, boggled by blogging and perplexed by podcasting because they may be too afraid to ask for advice. Although we try our best at Pocket-lint to...

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    Ask.com launches in France, Italy and the Netherlands

    By 8 March 2006

    Ask having ditched its butler, has announced that it is going after the French, Italian and Dutch search market with the launch of Ask.com France, Ask.com Italia and Ask.com Nederland. “With the help of Ask.com, internet users in France, Italy and the...

  • Ask Jeeves goes in search of images with new service
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    Ask Jeeves goes in search of images with new service

    By 27 January 2006

    Ask Jeeves has launched an image search feature to allow it to offer similar services to Google and MSN. The new technology debuts Ask Jeeves' first internally-created index of Web images, and its Zoom related search specifically for image searching....

  • Ask Jeeves launches Web Answers
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    Ask Jeeves launches Web Answers

    By 12 January 2006

    Ask Jeeves has launched a new service for visitors to its site called Web Answers for finding direct answers to search queries from the web. Building on its range of Smart Answers, Ask Jeeves has developed a Web Answers tool to provide an intuitive response...

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    Ask Jeeves introduces sports Smart Search

    By 14 December 2005

    Ask Jeeves UK has introduced a new service for sports fans, giving them access to the latest information on their favourite football or rugby team. The new sports Smart Search gives users the latest news, fixture lists, and stats for their chosen team,...

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    Digital cameras top search engine results

    By 7 December 2005

    Latest search figures from Ask Jeeves implies that this year's must have gadget is a digital camera rather than an iPod, PSP or Xbox360. The term is the biggest within the gadgets category, with Apple's iconic iPod range off the top spot. Laptops take...

  • Ask Jeeves introduces video games and music smart answers
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    Ask Jeeves introduces video games and music smart answers

    By 3 November 2005

    Ask Jeeves UK has introduced two new Smart Answer features that provide content for video game and music related searches direct to the top of the page, eliminating the need for users to navigate through the traditional “ten blue links”. In an attempt...

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    Ask Jeeves launches mapping service in UK

    By 25 August 2005

    New research reveals that 36 percent of us are not able to read a map properly and have even come close to missing out on a hot date or big meeting as a result. Worst still a further 7 percent don't turn up at all, suggesting we really aren't as expert...

  • Ask Jeeves offers zoom search feature
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    Ask Jeeves offers zoom search feature

    By 18 July 2005

    Ask Jeeves, the search engine, has introduced a new service in the UK that allows users to "Zoom" into their searches. The service which launched in the US in May and has today come to the UK arm of the search engine gives users suggestions to narrow...

  • Ask Jeeves bought by Hollywood mogul
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    Ask Jeeves bought by Hollywood mogul

    By 21 March 2005

    The Hollywood mogul who also owns Expedia and Ticketmaster has agreed an all-share buyout of Ask Jeeves. The deal, which will see Mr Barry Diller take control of the company has cost £974million (US$1.85billion) and is still subject to approval in the...

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    INTERVIEW: Blogging all over the world

    By 12 February 2005

    With Ask Jeeves finally buying Bloglines.com this week, we spoke to Daniel Read, vice president of product management to see what the new acquisition will mean for both parties. The story starts six months ago when Ask Jeeves first started talking to...

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    It is official, Ask Jeeves has bought Bloglines

    By 8 February 2005

    Today Ask Jeeves has confirmed on its website that it has acquired Trustic Inc, the company that owns and operates Bloglines (www.bloglines.com). In a statement on its website, the search engine says that “Bloglines will continue to operate as an independent...

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    Ask Jeeves if its bought Bloglines?

    By 7 February 2005

    Ask Jeeves have followed other search engines by buying into the blog market. The internet search engine is due to confirm that it has bought Bloglines, a privately held start-up that aggregates personal websites. The acquisition if true would mean the...

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    Ask Jeeves launch MyAskJeeves service in the UK

    By 6 December 2004

    Following on from the launch of the US Personalised search facility, AskJeeves today has announced the launch of the UK version. Called ‘MyAskJeeves' it will be the first major search engine in Europe to launch this technology. Like the American service...