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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

March 20, 2006 at 11:53 AM

Amazon tweaks search engine

Amazon.com changed its search engine last week, the New York Times reports, after discovering that it responded to searches for the word “abortion” with the question, “Did you mean adoption?”

According to the report, a spokeswoman said the response was partly a result of the way Amazon’s system looks at past customer behavior and partly because of its spelling correction software. Apparently “abortion” and “adoption” share so many letters that it confused the spell-check mechanisms. That’s a big oops.

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