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Answers.com Launches Mobile Search

GuruNet Corp. has launched in beta a mobile version of its Answers.com search engine.

GuruNet Corp. on Tuesday said it has launched in beta a mobile version of its Answers.com search engine.

The new search engine is available through cellular phones and other mobile devices with Internet access by going to an Answers.com site tailored for small-screen gadgets.

Answers.com draws results from 150 different data sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and glossaries, which collectively cover about a million topics. A user, for example, typing the name of jazz great Billie Holiday would receive a summary of her life from Wikipedia, an audio link that gives the pronunciation of her name and four web links, including The Official Site of Billie Holiday.

"The rapidly increasing use of mobile phones has made the accessibility of reliable reference on the go a natural extension for us," Bob Rosenschein, founder and chief executive of GuruNet, said in a statement.

New York-based GuruNet in January started offering the search engine for free in an attempt to grab a piece of the growing Internet advertising market that's driving the success of Google Inc. The company had charged a subscription fee of $30 a year.

GuruNet last year announced a deal with online retail giant Amazon.com, which has integrated the company's service within Amazon 's A9 search engine

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