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Fast

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Fast

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Fast has greatly expanded the size of its database and added advanced search features. In December, it released a database that claimed 210 million URLs. Then, mid-January saw the release of a 300 million record database--the largest a search engine has ever offered. It also shows a huge increase in database size in a little over a month. At the same time, the increased size has not caused any obvious degradation in general search speed.

Prior to the January launch, each time Fast debuted a new larger database, the collection gradually shrank as duplicates were removed. The absence of a refresh spider contributed to the shrinkage. With the January launch, the company states that a refresh spider will be used, so the database should hold its own and even grow slightly while Fast prepares its next major size increase. The company plans to offer a 400 million record database by April 2000.

On the search features side, Fast's main site at All the Web, http://www. …

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