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Yahoo sets up tech lab in Bangalore

business Updated: Mar 04, 2008 22:55 IST
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Yahoo! Inc. on Tuesday announced that it has set up a laboratory in this tech hub to roll out next-generation search and multimedia retrieval products for its global customers. This new laboratory—with an initial team of 100 scientists and engineers—will be part of the expansion of its R&D operations in the country.

Yahoo Labs Bangalore will be a centre of excellence for next-generation search and advertising technologies, focussed on making the Web more relevant and simple for users and advertisers. Rajeev Rastogi, a fromer Bell Labs director, has been appointed as vice-president and head of the new lab.

“Yahoo Labs Bangalore intends to build a world-class team focused on delivering the most valuable insights and leading-edge technologies to delight all of our customers worldwide,” according to Prabhakar Raghavan, senior vice-president and head of Yahoo! Research.

He told a news conference in Bangalore, "As an extension of our research and development (R&D) operations here, Yahoo! India Lab will initially have a 100-member team of scientists and engineers. They will work on multiple projects to make the Web more relevant and simple for users and advertisers worldwide. The India lab will work in tandem with the other labs in the US for deriving new algorithms to enhance the performance of our search and retrieval tools. While the R&D centre will write software codes for various functions, the lab will develop products for databases,” he said.