TechCrunch reports Cuil went down after last minute acquisition talks failed. They said “Cuil was in the final stages of an acquisition as of last Wednesday, and everything was in place except the final signatures. Then the deal fell apart for some reason.” The day after, Thursday, employees were reportedly told to pack up and then later on in that day the servers went offline.
It is believed the service may go back up online again so they can lure a potential buyer of their algorithms, index and technology. But is is unclear as to how cool Cuil’s future will be.
Cuil officially launched in July 2008. In Danny’s article, he wrote “Can any start-up search engine “be the next Google?” Many have wondered this, and today’s launch of Cuil (pronounced “cool”) may provide the best test case since Google itself overtook more established search engines.” For our past articles on Cuil, see our Cuil archives.