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What’s The Difference Between A Search Engine, A Search Destination And A Portal?

LookSmart has today unveiled some more focused search engines, according to a press release from the company:

It calls them ‘vertical search destinations’ to ‘provide niche audiences with essential search results, versus the typically exhaustive returns from other search engines’:

Two additional resources are dedicated to parents:

Here’s LookSmart’s philosophy: “LookSmart believes that search on the Web will become increasingly vertical and personal. Consumers turn to the Web in search of essential content, be it related to a hobby, work or education,” says Debby Richman, senior vice president of consumer products for LookSmart.

The idea is to ‘tightly integrate’ these engines, or ‘destinations’ (kinda blurs the distinction between a search engine and a portal, eh folks?) via Furl, LookSmart’s consumer online filing cabinet. I’m not quite clear how that tight integration is going to work, but it will be interesting to watch.

News: HP Means HapPy

 HP have gone crazy, announcing “a strategy to radically simplify technology to help people “enjoy more” – a move that extends HP’s leadership in imaging, printing and home computing into the fast-growing digital photography and entertainment markets.”
 
 
As part of this, they unveiled more than 100 consumer products including a see-through vertical scanner, whatever that is. Actually it looks quite cool. More here.