Sohu offers updated Sogou search engine

Sohu has updated its Sogou search engine with improved Web crawling and site analysis capabilities

Chinese Internet company Sohu.com has released the first update to its Sogou search engine since late 2005, adding faster updates to the search engine's index and offering speedier results for users.

Sohu needs a boost to remain competitive in China's fast-growing Internet search market. The company's Sogou search engine trails far behind market leader Baidu.com Inc., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. in China's Internet search market, according to the China Internet Network Information Center, which tracks the industry.

Sogou 3.0 has a faster crawling speed, allowing the search engine to index 500 million [M] web pages per day, the company said. Moreover, each page can be analysed and added to its index in under a minute. The company did not say how long this process previously took.

Improvements to the site's analysis and page-ranking capabilities will mean faster, more accurate search results, Sohu said, adding that Sogou's database now includes 10 billion retrieved Chinese-language Web pages. That's a big jump over the previous version of the search engine, which had a database of 2 billion Web pages

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