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Fast's alltheweb.com dethrones Google as the world's largest search engine

Oslo, Norway, 17 June 2002 - Fast Search & Transfer™(FAST), a leading developer of search and real-time filter technologies, today announced that AlltheWeb.com™(www.AlltheWeb.com), FAST’s search technology showcase, now searches 2,095,568,809 Web pages versus the 2,073,418,204 Web pages listed on Google’s home page as of June 16th, 2002. Already the Internet’s freshest index with a full refresh cycle of 7 – 11 days, AlltheWeb delivers comprehensive search results from over two billion Web pages and integrates them with award-winning breaking news results from thousands of news sources and hundreds of millions of multimedia, video, MP3, and software files, all within a single search result page. Officially launched today as well is the addition of Adobe™ Acrobat™ PDF files as a searchable file type, along with a redesigned user interface to find the right information easier than ever. With advanced linguistics, categorization techniques, and support for 49 languages, AlltheWeb combines a comprehensive, fresh, and fully integrated search resource with one of the largest news resources on the Internet. “It's a major challenge for the search engines to keep up with the constantly expanding Web and still be able to ferret out the best results,” said Chris Sherman, Editor of SearchDay, a daily newsletter from SearchEngineWatch.com. “Bigger isn't necessarily always better, but AllTheWeb's new 2.1 billion document index combined with its high-quality search engine is a winning combination for searchers.” AlltheWeb is the FAST public search technology showcase and R&D sandbox that demonstrates FAST’s advanced search capabilities for customers and partners. Here the scalability, relevance, and ease of use of FAST Internet and enterprise search offerings are tested and new technologies, ideas, and applications are deployed in a real-world setting. Specifically, portal customers can take advantage of features displayed at AlltheWeb through the FAST Web Search™ product offering, currently delivered to tens of millions of user per month via leading Web portals around the world such as the Terra Lycos properties, Tiscali, T-Online, and Infospace. “FAST’s mission is to deliver leading real-time search and information retrieval technology to our clients,” said Dr. John M. Lervik, chief executive officer of FAST. “The index size of AlltheWeb demonstrates the unique scalability of our search products, while support for multiple file and language types displays our flexibility and universal search abilities. The integration of breaking news highlights our real-time indexing capabilities, while our advanced linguistics and categorization techniques automatically interpret the correct meaning of queries and connect users to the most relevant information.” FAST is the only search technology company that uses a common core architecture to search both Internet and enterprise data. FAST corporate customers value the scalability, relevance, and ease of use of FAST’s enterprise search offerings that are demonstrated on AlltheWeb to automatically transform their own HTML, XML, database, and document data into valuable searchable information for their employees, customers, prospects, and partners. Leading companies including eBay, IBM, Reed Elsevier, and Reuters utilize FAST enterprise search products to solve their most demanding search problems. About FAST Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST) creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions that are behind the scenes at some of the world’s best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FAST’s flexible and scalable integrated technology platform spans both Internet and enterprise customers, and elevates search to unprecedented levels. FAST closes the gap between information and action, connecting people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium, in turn driving revenue and reducing total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure for our clients and world-class partners. FAST search technology is currently deployed by a wide range of global customers and partners including BroadVision, eBay, Ericsson, IBM, Reed Elsevier (Scirus.com), Reuters, T-Online, and Terra Lycos. FAST has operations in the United States, Europe (Norway, Germany, UK), and Japan, and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Please visit www.fastsearch.com for more information or see FAST in action at our technology showcase www.alltheweb.com. © 2002 Fast Search & Transfer ASA - Fast Search & Transfer, FAST, and the FAST four-colored logo are trademarks of Fast Search & Transfer ASA. All rights reserved. FAST disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.