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Researchers have developed a cheap and effective way for people with slow Internet connections to search for information on the Web.

Someone using the new search engine, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, would email a query to a central server in the United States. This would then search the Internet, choose the most suitable webpages, compress them and email the results a day later.

So far, the programme is in its early stages, and is being tested by a small number of users. But once testing is complete, the researchers intend to make it freely available to anyone.

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