Blog Posts by Rahul Hampole

  • DuckDuckGo, a search engine built with BOSS

    DuckDuckDuckGonduck.v104Editor's note: Rahul Hampole, Senior Product Manager for Yahoo! Search BOSS, interviewed DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg by email for this guest post. Gabriel is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who was educated at MIT and resides in Valley Forge, PA, USA.

    What is DuckDuckGo and its value proposition?

    GW (Gabriel Weinberg): DuckDuckGo is a general purpose search engine designed to be a drop-in replacement for Google, Yahoo! or Bing. Our value proposition is way more instant answers, way less spam, and real privacy. I'll briefly touch on each.

    We believe that for any given query there is usually a vertical search engine out there that answers that query better than a general search engine (via regular algorithmic results). So, for each query, we try to get you data from that vertical site in the form of instant answers that we put above the links in a red box.

    For spam and irrelevant results, we've been way more aggressive at banning content farms, parked pages and any

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  • New BOSS in town! – Yahoo! Search BOSS Launches

    The new and improved Yahoo! Search BOSS V2 is here and we can’t wait to have developers try it out. BOSS V2 provides a unique combination of data, display flexibility, and monetization to empower you, the developer, to build great applications.

    BOSS is our way of sharing our cloud and the data in it with you to foster innovation on the web. For more information, check out the Yahoo! Search blog post.

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  • Yahoo! Search BOSS Technical Documentation Released

    The Yahoo! Search team is excited to release the technical specification for Yahoo! Search BOSS v2. We’ve been hard at work getting ready to launch a new version of BOSS (as we announced in October 2010). Last month we provided further details to help developers prepare for the transition.

    The Yahoo! Search BOSS v2 technical documentation can be found here. It includes:

    - Information on using oAuth with the new API.
    - Syntax specification on querying the API and the format of the returned results.
    - Syntax for calling Ads from the platform (available to qualified developers).
    - Markets supported by the product.

    Thank you for your continued support of the BOSS product. We look forward to bringing the new BOSS to you very soon.

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  • The Latest on Yahoo! Search BOSS V2

    As we announced in October 2010, we are getting ready to launch a new version of Yahoo! Search BOSS in the coming months and will be closing the current version this summer. We are now pleased to provide further details to help developers prepare for the transition, and are planning to provide specific technical documentation by March 1st 2011, prior to releasing the new BOSS.

    The new BOSS service will enable “Search in the Cloud,” serving a robust set of web, image and news search results. A more limited web results service with a lower price point will also be available for developers who can utilize a subset of BOSS content to meet their application requirements. BOSS V2 will provide a self-serve sign up mechanism through the Yahoo! Developer Network, where developers will be able to enter their payment information and request advertising through the combined Yahoo! and Microsoft marketplace.

    For all the details, including a look at pricing, read the full post on the Yahoo! Search

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