The online search party: A way to share the load

The New York Times reports that new tools being developed by Microsoft and other companies now enable people at different computers to search as a team, dividing responsibilities and pooling results and recommendations in a shared web space on the browser display as they plan a family vacation, for instance, or research a medical problem. Meredith Ringel Morris, a computer scientist at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash., has created one

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