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indexing duplicate records of information of a database;
parsing, indexing and searching Web pages;
mapping an index of a database into an array of files;
ranking documents "in a hyperlinkedenvironment using connectivity and selective content analysis";
searching an index;
optimizing entries for searching an index;
and storing an integrated index of database records
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Most of Alta's patents are pretty old. If I understand it correctly, the 10 key ones on indexing and crawling were filed in late 94.
It is a very sticky situation. I know the register thinks different, but on this one, I'm pulling for Alta.
Good 'ol Bowser, star engineer! yes, I think he is from around these parts, although the programme is called Scrapyard Challenge across here before it migrated......excellent show though!
The Alta patent situation is a difficult one though, I don't know whether to compare it to our main telco BT : "we own the right to hyperlinks" affair....I think that they are trying very hard to establish their authority over the other engines and I can't see it progressing but.....
What it does show us is that the net will eventually become both a legal and moral minefield in the future - I'll only really worry when us seo's are affected by what we can and can't promote in terms of names and rights.
"lovin' every minute"
The old academics catch-phrase: "Everyone writes but no-one reads".