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SAN FRANCISCO - As expected, new and interesting products were on display today in the Demo Pit at TechCrunch50, being held at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse through Wednesday.
They include a site that lets companies pay people around the world securely, an online selection-based search system that speeds up online search, and a Web-based application that lets Web developers build sites without having to concern themselves about back-end integration and delivered in software as a service (SaaS) (define) mode.
Despite its troubles, Yahoo has a booth at the show, advertising Yahoo Search BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service), which was launched recently and lets users of any size build and launch Web-scale search products that use the entire Yahoo search index.
Payoneer offers a fully hosted turnkey solution that lets enterprises tapping contract workers or freelancers worldwide pay them securely with co-branded cards bearing the company's name. Payees can access their funds in local currency and Payoneer claims the cost is "a fraction" of that of checks or wires.
Card holders can use their cards at any ATM worldwide or make purchases at any of the 26 million retailers who accept MasterCard around the globe, and can top up the cards online or at more than 59,000 Western Union locations in the United States. The system sets up a virtual account and routing number in the United States for Americans being paid this way.
Meanwhile, KallOut is demonstrating a system that it claims will make Web searches 10 times faster than normal browser searches. It uses selection-based search, letting users run searches in context.
The application incorporates algorithms in its BestGuess system, which matches searchers' selections with the most relevant content providers when they pick a search term. KallOut claims that more than 100 million terms have been pre-trained with BestGuess suggestions, which are constantly re-ranked based on search content and the notion of "the wisdom of crowds."
Another company in the Demo Pit, Webvanta, offers a wizard-oriented interface targeted at Web developers building database-backed sites. It is delivered in SaaS mode. Once users have built their sites, they can pull in links to related content and can write their own content.