Prior to the launch, Cuil claimed to have some 120 billion Web pages indexed, compared with Google's 40 billion. Furthermore, instead of ranking pages by relevancy (as Google does), Cuil promised to find the contextual meaning of pages, and offer results by category. This would let you do something like search for "Harry Potter," then be able to delve into the actors and directors from the films, the books, and even fan sites from a single results page.
Cuil ended up shutting its doors in mid-September without so much as a peep.
December 15, 2010 4:00 AM PST
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