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Edgeio moves into real estate

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Edgeio, a search service for online classifieds and other listings, has acquired the assets of Adaptive Real Estate Services, a real estate Web site provider that serves about 1.5 million property listings through the IDX (Internet data exchange) protocol used by multiple listing service organizations. The acquisition will make it possible for real estate brokers to easily opt-in their property listings to an edgeio index, said Robert Meyer, who founded Adaptive Real Estate Services, known as ARES. Unlike search engines, which index Web pages, edgeio indexes listings or "stuff," as the company's tagline specifies. Edgeio constantly monitors RSS-enabled Web sites and pulls any item tagged "listing" and publishes the listing on the edgeio Web site and network. RSS, which stands for "Really Simple Syndication," is an XML-based protocol that allows for the automatic distribution of Internet content. Many news-related sites, blogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an ...