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posted: 5/24/2012 6:50 AM

Yahoo seeks to shake up search, Web browsing

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  • Associated PressThis image shows the company's "Axis" app for iPad. The tool alters browsers made by other companies so search results can be displayed in a more convenient and compelling format.

      Associated PressThis image shows the company's "Axis" app for iPad. The tool alters browsers made by other companies so search results can be displayed in a more convenient and compelling format.

 
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo is joining the battle to redefine Internet search and taking aim at building a better Web browser, too.

The troubled Internet company' is taking its shot with a tool called "Axis" that alters browsers made by other companies so search results can be displayed in a more convenient and compelling format.

Yahoo Inc. is releasing Axis in Apple's app store late Wednesday. It also can be installed as a plug-in on most major browsers used on desktop computers and laptops.

Browsers running Axis can display search results in a panorama of visual thumbnails that can be scrolled through above a Web page. It's a departure from search engines' traditional presentation of a list of staid Web links that require more navigation and guesswork.

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