• In Battle With Amazon, Walmart Unveils Polaris, A Semantic Search Engine For Products

    In Battle With Amazon, Walmart Unveils Polaris, A Semantic Search Engine For Products

    Walmart is today unveiling a new search engine named “Polaris” which now powers Walmart.com, as well as the company’s mobile web and mobile apps, and offers a 10%-15% increased likelihood that a customer will complete their purchase, the company claims. The engine was built by a small team of fifteen engineers within Walmart’s @WalmartLabs division, an internal group… Read More

  • How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart’s E-Commerce Revolution

    How Your Social Data Will Power Walmart’s E-Commerce Revolution

    Walmart is planning to launch several new projects this holiday season based on the technology it acquired from the social media startup Kosmix back in April. Kosmix’s platform previously powered multiple services, including a Twitter search site called TweetBeat, a health vertical called RightHealth and a homepage where users could search the Web by topic. But the core of what Kosmix… Read More

  • Walmart Ventures Into The Social Media Space With Acquisition Of Kosmix

    Walmart this morning said it is buying Mountain View-based Kosmix, a heavily funded social media technology provider that has built a platform that enables users to filter and organize content in social networks, in order to connect people with information that matters to them, in realtime. What is the retailing juggernaut doing picking up a social media startup, which has raised $55 million… Read More

  • Kosmix Kills Off MeeHive's Custom News Service As It Focuses On TweetBeat

    Back in March 2009 I wrote about MeeHive, a service launched by Kosmix that promised to give users custom-built newspapers by piecing together stories from blogs and news sites across the web. At the time I wrote that it seemed to work pretty well, but questioned if people would actually wind up using it given the plethora of RSS aggregators available, not to mention the similar startups… Read More

  • TweetBeat Wants To Kill Hashtags On Twitter By Making Them Obsolete

    Back in June we previewed a new product by social media search engine Kosmix called TweetBeat. Essentially, it’s a way to follow news being discussed on Twitter in realtime. Today during our TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Kosmix is officially releasing the product. Kosmix calls TweetBeat “the end of hashtags”. Because they scan all tweets being sent out for… Read More

  • Kosmix Unleashes Its Realtime Tweetbeat On The World Cup

    Kosmix Unleashes Its Realtime Tweetbeat On The World Cup

    The problem with Twitter is that it is too noisy. Filtering the signal from the noise is still too burdensome. The founders of search engine Kosmix think they have an answer with a new product called Tweetbeat, which they are unleashing in a preview version designed specifically to filter all the Tweets about the World Cup soccer tournament. Tweetbeat ingests the entire firehose of 65… Read More

  • Twitter Turns On The Firehose For Realtime Search Startups

    When it comes to getting access to all the data that flows through Twitter, there are the 50,000 apps that drink from Twitter’s Streaming API, which is subject to various limits. And then there are the chosen few who get the full unlimited firehose of data, the more than 50 million Tweets a day coursing through Twitter. In the past, only select partners, particularly big search engines… Read More

  • Kosmix Acquires Cruxlux, The Online Version Of 'Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon'

    Kosmix, the reference engine that dynamically generates comprehensive topic pages as soon as you search for them, has just acquired a small startup called Cruxlux. Cruxlux has spent the last two years building an engine that can take any two people, places, or things and tell you how they’re related. Terms of the deals were not disclosed, other than that that it was in both cash… Read More

  • Universal Search Takes Off: Kosmix Posts 419% Growth In March

    Kosmix, the universal search engine that dynamically generates guides to search queries using dozens of different content sources, is quickly gaining momentum. According to today’s latest comScore numbers, the site has jumped up to 3.2 million monthly uniques in March – a 419% growth since February. Kosmix is meant to serve as a search engine for when you want to get a quick… Read More

  • MeeHive Taps Into Kosmix To Build Your Daily Personalized Newspaper

    MeeHive is a new service launching today that is looking to give users a custom-tailored newspaper composed of stories from sources spanning a vast number of blogs and news sites. The site leverages the power of Kosmix, a universal search engine that pulls data from a variety of sources to produce comprehensive topic pages. Upon entering the site, new users are invited to enter some of… Read More

  • Kosmix Raises $20 Million More For Its Universal Search Engine

    Kosmix, a universal search engine that pulls data from a variety of sources including Wikipedia, Yahoo Buzz and our own CrunchBase, has closed a $20 million round led by Time Warner, with participation from existing investors Accel Partners, Dag Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. The round brings Kosmix’s total funding to $55 million. As part of today’s announcement… Read More

  • Kosmix Goes Horizontal

    Kosmix, until now a vertical search engine for information about health, automobiles and travel, transformed itself into a universal search engine for all subjects earlier today during a general redesign. The move has been anticipated since at least last September, and was described by co-founder Anand Rajaraman in a Beet.tv interview posted less than a week ago. Now when users conduct… Read More

  • Find Something That Is "X" And Has "Y" With Circos

    Keyword search gets you pretty far when looking for pure information, but doesn’t help much on more qualitative searches like trying to find the hippest restaurant in SOHO. Searches like the latter rely on the opinions of people, not webmasters, which is one of the reasons Circo’s has launched their new qualitative search engine. The engine currently lets users search for hotels… Read More

  • Will Kosmix's Plan To Take Vertical Search Horizontal Go Flat?

    Kosmix is a vertical search engine that launched in 2006. They also raised a heap of cash – over $25 million from Accel, Lightspeed and Cambrian Ventures as well as private investors including Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com and Bill Miller of Legg Mason Funds. Although Kosmix founders Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan might have gone to school with Sergey Brin, their goal isn’t to… Read More

  • A Taste of DEMO 2006

    DEMO 2006: 70 companies gather at a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona to compete head on for our attention. $15,000 buys you 5 minutes in front of 700 people, and a chance to make history (which is not recorded real time because the wifi is crushed under the load and no one can get online). At least there is reliable internet access in the press room, along with dozens of free USB drives laying… Read More