Top talent is scarce for search experts , and Yahoo have signed up Andrei Broder as vice president of emerging search technology. He was the former chief scientist at AltaVista, from 1999 into early 2002, before leaving to be the chief technology officer for search and text analysis at IBM Research. He acknowledged talking with Google and Microsoft before accepting the Yahoo! position.
"This is a combination of cutting-edge research with very solid large-scale engineering and the understanding of microeconomics and advertising," he says.
As for where he sees Internet search going, Broder says it will move beyond plugging words into a simple box and more toward "information flowing to you as you need it."