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Google at Stanford (1997)
In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin began a search engine research project at Stanford University called "Backrub," which used analysis of Website back links to determine search relevance--a novel approach at the time. Backrub then became "Google," but spent the rest of 1997 hosted by Stanford at google.stanford.edu.
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Finding stuff online: 20 years of innovative search engines