Well looky here, the WSJ has put Walt Mossberg outside the paywall, and it’s a Valentine to Ask.com. Now that makes Steve, Jim and the folks at Ask happy, I’d warrant!
I’ve been testing the new Ask.com against the search champ, Google. I’ve found that in terms of relevant results and ease of use, Ask holds its own with Google, and even beats the champ on some searches. It has some very nice features Google lacks, including previews of the sites it finds, an easy way to narrow or broaden your search results, and frequent top-of-the-screen answers that lead you directly to core information.