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Lycos's first international venture was Lycos Europe, which was formed in May 1997 as a joint venture with German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG.
The venture planned to provide native-language Internet navigation centers in 37 European countries.
Carnegie Mellon received 0,000 in cash, a 20 percent stake in the company, and royalties.
Later, when a patent was awarded for the spidering technology that Lycos used, it was granted to Carnegie Mellon University but was owned by Lycos.
Michael Mauldin, who led the development of the technology at Carnegie Mellon, became Lycos's chief scientist.Lycos also added a city guide that featured 400 cities, and it established a Club Lycos for users that provided them with discounts with merchants such as Southwest Airlines and Avis car rentals.In addition to adding new features and upgrading its search engine in 1996, Lycos redesigned its graphic interface to look like an Internet portal.In another partnership Lycos and book publisher Simon & Schuster formed the Lycos Press as a three-year co-publishing venture.
The first title was to be called Lycos' 250,000 Best World Wide Web Sites.The name Lycos was derived from a Latin word for a special kind of spider that leaves its web to hunt.