librarianscott writes: Better than Google? You must be joking?
Walt Mossberg, in his free WSJ Personal technology site reviews the new ask.com
He says, “search-results pages are richer and better organized than typical Google results, and they give greater priority to content over ads”
Here’s an example. I searched for Ted Williams, the Red Sox outfielder who was the greatest hitter of all time. In Google, I got a plain results page topped by a link to the official site on Williams, with a few ads down the right side for Williams-related items.
In Ask.com, the top of the page, above the ads, featured a Smart Answer box that included a picture of Ted, an excerpt from a biography, direct links to his official site, an encyclopedia article and other images of him.