Alternative Search Engine Factery.net Raises $1.2 Million

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Factery.net, a search and answers engine that’s currently in “alpha” mode, has raised $1.2 million in funding, per an SEC filing. The S.F.-based startup did not respond to a request for more details.

Founded by search marketers Paul Pedersen and Dale Johnson, the goal is for Factery to be a source of “simple, useful answers” to searcher’s questions — sort of a hybrid of a semantic search engine, like the CBS Interactive-backed TextDigger, and Ask.com. Factery pulls in real-time results from Twitter, images from *Yahoo*, and displays answers to the queries paragraph-style; the startup is soliciting help from developers for widgets that can pull in data from other sources.

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