Google Throws Open Rival for Wikipedia

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Udi Manber loves cartoons. Not animations, but the single-panel graphics that appear in magazines like The New Yorker. He studies the history of the field, has covered the walls of his house with framed originals, and has edited a book of cartoons about Google, where he works as the head of search engineering.

“Udi’s not just a fan, he’s a connoisseur,” says Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker.

When not thinking about cartoons, Manber spends endless time thinking about how search can be improved. One big reason many searches don’t succeed, he believes, is that despite the 20 billion or so Web pages in Google’s indexes — including the 2 million items in Wikipedia — the information simply isn’t there.

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