Students, teachers, and librarians now have a new internet search tool at their disposal: Software giant Microsoft Corp. finally debuted its own web search technology on Nov. 11, hoping to challenge Google Inc.'s long dominance of the field with results tailored to a user's location and--in a development that might resonate with students and educators--answers to plain-language queries, such as "What is the capital of Bolivia?," from its Encarta encyclopedia. Google signaled it is ready for a fight, announcing Nov. 10 that it would nearly double the amount of web pages available to search through...

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