Chris13 - 3:32 pm on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
The big problem for independent search engines remains unchanged - funding. Due to the number of high profile search ventures that crashed and burned (few as spectacularly as Cuil), it might be hard to raise funding but then there is the issue of monetising the SERPs.
This is so true. And if you did get something significant going it would mean that you have a ton invested. The G-men will just come knocking on your door and demanding access, or else.
The system, therefore, needs to be off-shore in a freedom friendly nation. The nation of choice use to be the US. What nation fits the bill now that is rich enough to withstand an assult on their banking? No country that I can see.