Search engine giant and Mountain View-based Google has a new player in the computer information world to keep it occupied.
Several former Google engineers have developed a new search tool in hopes of being the most comprehensive and effective way to surf the Internet. Former employee Anna Patterson, along with several other former Google alumni, hope this invention, which is not for sale, will give Google more than just a run for its money.
The tool is Cuil, pronounced "cool." Supported by $33 million in venture capital, the search engine planned to begin processing requests for the first time Monday.
Cuil's search index spans 120 billion Web pages and Cuil inventors won't give out the formula they have developed to cover a wider swath of the Web with far less computers than Google.
Google, while acknowledging the new player on the block, may not be losing too much sleep at night. As of May, Goggle commanded a whopping 62 percent share of the U.S. search market followed by Yahoo at 21 percent and Microsoft at 8.5 percent, according to comScore Inc.