This Net Searcher Sends Out Sleuths

OREN ETZIONI, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER science at the University of Washington, and Erik Selberg, a graduate student, have created a hydra-headed software robot--a "softbot"--to help Internet surfers find information. Called MetaCrawler, it harnesses several popular Web-searching systems, such as Lycos, InfoSeek, and Yahoo, all at once to do your bidding .

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