Yahoo lets websites customize how searches work

SAN FRANCISCO Thu May 15, 2008 12:12pm EDT

The headquarters of Yahoo Inc. is pictured in Sunnyvale, California, May 5, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The headquarters of Yahoo Inc. is pictured in Sunnyvale, California, May 5, 2008.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc has introduced a software development tool that lets outside parties create customized views of Yahoo Web search results, the company said on Thursday.

Making good on one piece of a strategy to open up its core network services, Yahoo said it was offering SearchMonkey, a technology that lets website owners display selected Yahoo search results on their sites.

Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all approach to search, Yahoo is allowing website owners and users to have more choice about what information they want to show and see when they use Yahoo search.

Yahoo said SearchMonkey can create custom views of Yahoo search in as little as 10 minutes. The free website building tool can be found at developer.search.yahoo.com/.

(Reporting by Eric Auchard; Editing by John Wallace)

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