claims to outpace Google

Search engine claims it has out-Googled Google Inc. by indexing more Web pages than its rival.

Operated by Fast Search & Transfer ASA in Oslo, said yesterday it has indexed 2.1 billion Web pages, compared to Google's 2.07 billion.

However, Fast Search & Transfer spokeswoman Jami Axelrod said that while its search engine has appeal for Internet users, the company's focus is to showcase its search technology to enterprises. "We are the technology showcase for Fast Search & Transfer," Axelrod said.

Fast Search & Transfer, which creates real-time search and filter technologies, uses to show potential customers the capabilities of its technology, Axelrod said. Fast Search & Transfer powers such sites as Terra Lycos SA, eBay Inc. and T-Online International AG, she said.

Axelrod also said that offers other advanced features. Axelrod said integrates news highlights into its real-time indexing capabilities, has advanced linguistics as well as the ability to categorize Web pages, and automatically interprets the correct meaning of queries to present users with the most relevant information.

Mountain View, Calif.-based Google could not be reached for comment. Yesterday, Google announced that a number of companies including The Boeing Co., Cisco Systems Inc. and the University of Florida, had adopted its corporate search engine services.

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