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AltaVista goes to great server in the sky

Let us pause for a moment to remember AltaVista. Current owner Yahoo quietly announced in a blog post at the end of last week that the once popular search engine is to close on July 8. The news was tucked away in a raft of other closure announcements. Users will be redirected to Yahoo Search. It’s hard to appreciate now that in the days before Google’s algorithm made the fast indexing of large numbers of sites possible, searching the web was something of a hit and miss affair. Search engines rel…

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