Google Becomes Premier Search Engine for Latin America

Universo Online (UOL) Partners with the World’s Largest Search Engine

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 1, 2001 – In an effort to expand its global services, Google Inc. today announced a partnership with Universo Online (UOL) to provide millions of UOL users throughout Brazil and Latin America immediate access to the award-winning Google™ search engine. UOL, the largest online service and Internet Service Provider in Latin America, reaches almost 80 percent of the Brazilian online audience, according to Jupiter Media Metrix.

"Latin America is one of the fastest growing Internet communities in the world," said Larry Page, co-founder and president of Products, Google Inc. "Through this partnership we are bringing Google’s high-quality search experience directly to UOL users in this emerging Internet market."

As Brazil and Latin America’s leading web portal, UOL has the largest community of Latin American users. With additional properties in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia, UOL has an established lead in the Latin American market.

"Our partnership with Google shows our commitment to providing the best available resources to the Latin American community," said Caio Túlio Costa, Chief Content Officer (CCO) of UOL Inc. "With Google as our premier search provider, UOL users have immediate access to the fastest and easiest way to search for information on the Internet."

Through the Google WebSearch™ service, visitors to will be able to search Google’s index of more than 1.6 billion websites. Google is also providing custom search services to that enable visitors to search for websites specific to the Latin American market and limits searches to web pages that appear in Portuguese or Spanish.

About Google Inc.

With the largest index of websites available on the World Wide Web and the industry’s most advanced search technology, Google Inc. delivers the fastest and easiest way to find relevant information on the Internet. Google’s technological innovations have earned the company numerous industry awards and citations, including two Webby Awards; WIRED magazine’s Readers Raves Award; Best Internet Innovation and Technical Excellence Award from PC Magazine; Best Search Engine on the Internet from Yahoo! Internet Life; Top Ten Best Cybertech from TIME magazine; and Editor’s Pick from CNET. A growing number of companies worldwide, including Yahoo! and its international properties, Sony Corporation and its affiliates, AOL/Netscape, and Cisco Systems, rely on Google to power search on their websites. A privately held company based in Mountain View, Calif., Google’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. More information about Google can be found on the Google site at

About Universo Online (UOL)

Universo Online is the largest online service and Internet provider in Latin America. With 7.5 billion page views during in the second quarter of 2001, and 16.8 million exclusive visitors in June, UOL Inc. has consolidated during its position as the largest Internet company in Latin America. In Brazil, UOL has more than 1.1 million paid-access subscribers in more 200 cities. UOL is the undeniable leader in audience, according to independent auditing entities like Jupiter Media Metrix and Ibope NetRatings, with almost 80% of market penetration.

UOL’s operations in Brazil include UOL Brasil (Universo Online), the BOL (Brasil Online) portal and portal. UOL has Spanish-language portals in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. UOL has also a presence in US.

UOL public relations at 55-11-3168-3200 or at


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