ALISON STEWART, host:
This just in: Koogle, the kosher Google. The new Hebrew language search engine unveiled recently is specifically geared towards religious Jews, who are often restricted when surfing the Web, so that they don't accidentally come across sexually explicit material.
Koogle is a play on the Jewish noodle pudding of the same pronunciation. Search engine developer Yossi Altman told Reuters, the site was developed in part at the encouragement of rabbis who sought a solution to the needs of ultra-Orthodox Jews to browse the Web, particularly for vital services.
Koogle has links to Israeli news and shopping sites for Jews that are filtered for unsuitable content. But don't search the Web site on Saturdays. The Jewish Sabbath is down-time, and if a user tries surfing on Shabbat, Koogle will crash.
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