New search engines for media releases

New search engines for media releases

HAVING trouble finding out more about a specific company announcement you read in the news? Or need such information for research?

Enter unbargo, an upcoming search engine that aims to consolidate media releases from companies that users can search for.

Users can access original media releases by using keywords to search for them. The releases are grouped according to categories like transport, beauty, travel and sports.

Another way to get the releases is to pick from a list of popular trends or latest news topics on the search engine, or by subscribing for e-mail updates based on topic.

The service is being developed by a team based here but hailing from different countries: Singapore, India, the United States and Australia. The team include former newspaper and magazine editors, as well as software developers.

For the next two to three years at least, the service is expected to be not for profit and will be offered free to users.

A beta version of the search engine will be released next month for testing by a select group of users. The official version is slated to be launched in July, and is expected to work across different computer operating systems and Web browsers for computers and mobile devices.

A Kickstarter fund-raising campaign has been launched for unbargo, with the team aiming to raise an initial A$10,000 (S$10,600). Nearly A$3,500 has been raised as of 7pm yesterday.

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