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5. Google’s Search Algorithm

In 2006, Google acquired an advanced text search algorithm invented by Israeli student Ori Alon in collaboration with faculty at University of New South Wales in Australia. Yahoo and Microsoft were allegedly also negotiating with the school for rights to the software.

Alon’s Orion software offers only the most relevant textual results alongside a list of topics directly related to the original search. “For example, if you search information on the War of Independence, you’ll receive a list of related words, like Etzel, Palmach, Ben-Gurion,” Alon explained to Haaretz. If you’re not sure exactly what that means, feel free to Google it.

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