NorthernLight, the search engine popular among researchers, which was sold to divine in 2002, has been saved by its former CEO David Seuss. In divine’s bankruptcy auction a few weeks ago, various parties picked up its subsidiaries at bargain-basement prices, and NL was picked up by Seuss.
“We are pleased to announce that we have escaped and are an independent company once again,” according to a note on its site.
On its public search engine, a major Northern Light innovation was indexing paid content along with free content, allowing users pay-per-view access to content they otherwise would not find on the Web. The idea, which was ahead of its time, is still a very powerful concept that is likely to re-appear.