Hakia gearing up to challenge Google

A new semantic search engine, Hakia, promises more precise searching than Google. Hakia is designed to process both keyword searches and natural language queries. Its ScoopBar, currently available only for Internet Explorer, allows the user to click directly to the part of a retrieved document that includes her search terms, a useful feature for documents too long to scan easily. In addition to its technological innovations, Hakia may also score over Google in one purely social aspect: since it does not actively collect personal user information, it may have the edge in protecting user privacy. Currently in a beta form, Hakia is set to debut at full capacity sometime in 2007. For more information, see Hannah’s report in report in Infodoodads and Hakia’s explanation of its potential benefits.