vitaplease - 6:23 am on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0) [pcworld.com...] also: [google.com...]
Google today began delivering factual answers for some queries at the top of its results page to save users from having to navigate over to other sites and look for the information. Google feeds this service with information from Web sites it considers reliable, but it hasn't established formal relationships with any content provider whose information is being used for this feature, Norvig says. Google doesn't expect that the owners of the Web sites will complain over the possibility that this new service will steal traffic away from them, Norvig says. On the contrary, being featured at the top of Google's results list will give these Web sites great exposure, and will likely result in increased traffic, he says.