Ask.Com Killing Its Search Engine Will Outsource Results 130 To Lose Jobs

Filed under: Industry News has given up on trying to build a search engine that can compete with Google and says they will shutdown their internal search service and outsource results from an unnamed competitor.

Ask will lay off 130 engineers who had been dedicated to building the search engine, and also get rid of thousands of computer servers that stored billions of pages of data.

“The development of search as a technology has become commoditized. To continue to invest our own resources to do web search doesn’t make sense because that development is expensive and doesn’t give you a differentiated product,” Ask President Doug Leeds said.