Judging by the latest gossip, it looks like Ori Allon, a very clever twenty-six year old from the University of New South Wales has gone to work for Google. Ori is working on the Orion algorithm - a set of rules used by search engines to produce relevant results. He is expected to finish the algorithm within 18 months.

The Sydney Morning Herald confirmed Allon started work at Google's Mountain View headquarters six weeks ago. The university was in negotiations with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! to sell the technology.

Because Allon created the algorithm as part of his postgrad course, the university keeps some of the ownership rights.