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LookSmart Named Preferred Search Provider for Award-Winning IBM Internet Connection Services

LookSmart Continues to Gain Momentum as a Preferred Content Solutions Provider for ISPs

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December 21 - 21 Dec 1998: ... LookSmart(SM), a leading Web directory and search tool, today announced it has been named the preferred search provider for IBM Internet Connection Services, one of the world's leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

IBM customers will be able to easily search through more than 800,000 site listings in 24,000 categories, all selected, reviewed and categorized by LookSmart Web editors to ensure quality search results. IBM's Internet access services, recently given a "best product" rating by Home Office Computing magazine, offers high-speed Internet access from 1,350 locations in 53 countries.

"We're pleased that IBM has selected LookSmart as its search provider," said Evan Thornley, co-founder and CEO of LookSmart. "ISPs are looking for quality content solutions to help enhance their value to their subscribers and LookSmart offers these solutions -- not only for large, international ISPs like IBM Internet Connection Services, but for smaller, regional ISPs as well."

"The seamless integration of LookSmart's high-quality content directory and search product with our Web site adds significant depth and value for our customers around the world," said Bruce Jackson, vice president of network services, IBM Global Services. "Customers want an easy, reliable way to find relevant information on the Web, and we chose to work with LookSmart because we believe they have one of the best directory of Web sites on the market. Today's announcement, along with other recent service enhancements, is further evidence of why IBM is regarded worldwide as a leading ISP for Internet professionals and small and medium businesses who are using our global network for e-business connectivity."

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