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Update: Deja News bought by Google

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - February 12, 2001 - Google Inc. today announced that it has acquired Deja.com's Usenet Discussion Service. This acquisition provides Google with Deja's entire Usenet archive (dating back to 1995), software, domain names including deja.com and dejanews.com, company trademarks, and other intellectual property. Financial terms of this transaction were not released.

DejaNews, but no more news

DejaNews is no more. In its place we have Deja.com. Their announcement explains it all. If you like the 'Classic' style, you can get to it from the front page by:

  • Going to the front page.
  • Going to 'power search.'
  • Selecting discussions.
  • Changing 'results type' to 'deja classic'
  • ...and then doing your search.

Some people think this is bad, and have put together their own front end to the Deja.com search engine. I've included the Deja 'power search' page, as well. I'll post other possibilities as I find them.
Deja.com | Jeremy | EZLinux | Marco

Other folks doing similar things:
Alta Vista | RemarQ (Supernews) | Talkway

Deja Search with minor layout differences and links to specific services.
aol | cnet_news | go2net | hotbot | infoseek | looksmart | ms_search | msn | netcenter | yahoo | zdnet |

Other stuff:

  • On Salon: Revamping Deja News What does it take to make a buck off Usenet? By Janelle Brown
  • There's also a (*cough*) couple of posts on SlashDot
  • You also might want to look at the DejaNews news group.

They own your posts?

In their new Terms of Service (section 4, right near the end) we find this gem:
By posting communications on or through the Web Site, you automatically grant the Company a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the communication alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed, and to sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sublicensees. The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such communication, including but not limited to rights under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction.


2002-06-27. Dead links pruned.

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