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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Searching the "Deep Web" 

New Yahoo service searches subscription sites - Yahoo! News

Yahoo! is testing a new engine which searches password-protected sites. Check it out here.

If you're a subscriber to the content provider, you get access to the information. If you're not, you're directed to the content provider's subscription or one shot sale page. There are only seven content providers up, but more on the way, including Lexis-Nexis.

This is an interesting project, which protects the value of paid content while providing the additional value of web search. Yahoo! apparently doesn't yet have revenue sharing arrangements with the content providers it's searching, but probably will soon. And if Yahoo! can drive subscription sales and one-shot download sales, they deserve a piece of the action.

If you have password-protected paid content, and are interested in participating, click here.

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