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The newly expanded MSN Search team is working on indexing the entire internet and returning best-of-class results to search queries.
An ability to work closely with Microsoft Research
An overall knowledge of search engines is a plus and knowledge of query and intent recognition technologies
Also, if Najork is part of this project, which I am sure he is, I wonder if Breadth-first is in action with this newborn crawl by MSN. I guess it just depends on if or how far that went with Mercator and if any of it is exclusively tied to AltaVista.
I can't wait to see how this turns out. I'm thinking all kinds of bells and whistles attached.
Mickey's Patent issued with Microsoft Method and system for performing phrase/word clustering and cluster merging [patft.uspto.gov]