And the taxes!
Here's an update:
Not sure this link will work but, according to #*$!.com:
French technology firm Thomson has withdrawn the Quaero project website after a barrage of interest from people followed French President Chriac's portrayal of Quaero as a Google challenger.
Maybe it isn't time to sell Google and cry quietly into a raspberry smoothie after all.
Chirac touted Thomson's search technology project as a challenger to Google and Yahoo; "For that, we will launch a European search engine, Quaero," he said. Quickly thereafter interest grew dramatically in Quaero's workings.
How to meet that challenge? Provide more information? Place a FAQ on the site? Nope. Instead, Thomson has imposed a "news blackout," InfoWorld reported:
The scrutiny was apparently too much for Thomson's chairman, Frank Dangeard, who imposed a "news blackout" Thursday on Thomson's media staff and ordered the project's Web site, at [thomson.net...] to be taken offline. "There's been a lot of noise and our chairman decided we should stop making any comments until a more official press event," said Thomson spokesman Philippe Paban.
It doesn't appear Quaero will reappear anytime soon, and probably not as a publicly available search engine online either. Technology behind the project has to be developed, with work on it waiting for division between project teams, the report said.