Google Offers New Search Engine in Hebrew

Yuval Dror
Ha'aretz Correspondent
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Yuval Dror
Ha'aretz Correspondent

The Google company, which runs Google.com, the most popular search engine on the Internet, launched their Hebrew version of the search engine at midnight Thursday. The new site, Google.co.il is the first Hebrew search engine created by an international company.

Google vice president Cindy MacPerry told Ha'aretz that "at this stage Google has no intention of opening an office in Israel, but we are pleased to present our Hebrew version of the search engine."

In the last few days Google has conducted tests on its Hebrew version, running it on the Net and then taking it down after a few hours. The company has experienced a number of difficulties with configuring the Hebrew version to run from right to left, the way that Hebrew is written.

The major problem has occurred when English words are entered into the Hebrew version, the results appear on the right hand side and not on the left as it should be for English.

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