Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
Blekko, a search upstart that believes in human curation, has added $30 million in fresh funding to its coffers and has found a new strategic partner, Russian Internet company Yandex.Blekko is on a quest to build a search engine free of spam, content farms and malware. Its goal is to eke out a small percentage of the U.S. search market, currently dominated by Google. The startup has always contended that owning just 1% of all searches could turn it into a billion-dollar business.
Now, Blekko has the backing and support of Yandex — Russia’s most popular search engine — to help it get there. “There could be a future for us here,” Yandex’s CTO Arkady Borkovsky told the Associated Press on the company’s first U.S. search investment. “This is an interesting experiment for us and we are quite excited about it.”
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