- Pangora supplies Internet product search technology to Seekport /products from more than two thousand online shops / simultaneous product and web search -

London, 14 December 2005 - A partnership has been launched between the leading shopping portal provider Pangora and the European search engine Seekport.

Using the professional search technology from Pangora, Seekport can now list appropriate products for every search inquiry, from a range of more than two thousand online shops throughout Europe. This product search, identified with a special icon, is one of the numerous new features now released by Seekport in the course of extensive further development of its search facilities. The UK search site can be found at www.seekport.co.uk.

The Pangora search implemented within Seekport offers 10,500 product categories from all different areas. From the latest digital cameras to current DVD best sellers, from DIY supplies to the latest fashion trends - every Seekport user can now go online shopping easily and conveniently in Germany, Austria, the UK, France and Italy, and can compare prices and find bargains.

Apart from sorting of results by relevance, products can also be listed by price (highest first or lowest first). A click on the price comparison link of the individual product enables the user to compare prices for the desired product from a wide range of suppliers, thus finding the best offer. Another feature is the extended display of description. A click on the "more info"
link gives the user a complete description of the product straight away on the results page.

"We are delighted at having found in Pangora a partner to support us with outstanding technology," said Joachim Kreibich, Managing Director of Seekport Internet Technologies GmbH. "This cooperation enables us to offer our users the greatest possible variety and clarity for Internet shopping."

"Our flexible shopping solutions and Seekport's innovative web search complement one another ideally," said Chris Hitchen, Head of Pangora UK.
"The strategic partnership with Seekport gives us an outstanding opportunity to build on our position as one of the leading technology suppliers for online shopping in the European market."

Pangora offers shopping portal solutions for European online publishers.
Media owners including AOL, Wanadoo, T-Online and Lycos Europe are amongst the 42 partners that use Pangora technology. The Pangora system is flexible and built to meet the specific needs of each partner. Pangora is the shopping partner for UK portals Lycos (http://shopping.lycos.co.uk), BuyCentral (http://buycentral.co.uk), Hotbot (http://shopping.hotbot.co.uk) and Virgin.net (http://www.virgin.net/shopping) with cumulative reach of over 2 million unique users (source: Nielsen Netratings, October 2005).
Pangora is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lycos Europe, and employs 100 people Europe-wide. The company's headquarters are in Munich/Germany.

Seekport Internet Technologies GmbH, Munich, was created in December 2003 with the goal of providing individualised search services for companies at the highest technical level, and to establish one of Europe's leading search engines for the Internet. Seekport search technology is characterised by high accuracy of hits, ensured by innovative technologies and by local indexing teams. This high quality benefits both the business partners of the company and users in their internet searches. Seekport operates search engines in Germany, France, the UK, Spain and Italy. Seekport has the backing of strong shareholders, giving an optimal combination of commercial and technological resources.

Notes to editors

For more information on Seekport, for photography or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Hazel Butters or Annie Kasmai at Prompt Communications
Telephone: 0208 996 1653
Out of hours: 07780 687813
hbutters@prompt-communications.com / akasmai@prompt-communications.com

For further information on Pangora please contact:
James Gordon-MacIntosh/Susy Lang, Pangora UK 020 7492 0902/0910

Published on: 12:00AM on 14th December 2005