A Gaggle of Google Wannabes

Ask.com and other challengers hope to pull share from Google with new search methods, but it won't be easy to unseat the market leader

In the race for Web-search share, Ask.com is the tortoise. The search engine formerly known as Ask Jeeves still handles less than 6% of U.S. searches, though it's been in the industry since 1996, more than a year before front-runner Google. Google controls roughly 51% of searches, including queries conducted on Time Warner's (TWX) AOL and News Corp.'s (NWS) MySpace.

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