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AltaVista is still the best brute force Web search engine, but these days it's putting on a prettier portal-like face. Two major redesigns in the past year have brought many more features, including a Photo Finder, family-friendly filtering, and a plethora of portal-like channels and personalization options. The search engine has also gotten much better at answering plain-English queries such as "Where can I find a map of Ethiopia?" Most recently, the site has announced a "freshness gurarantee," claiming its huge Web index is refreshed every 28 days. Many more features are expected in the next few months (a finance channel and personalized page have just launched), and keep in mind that AltaVista also owns Zip2 and Shopping.com
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