Though we haven't felt the need to ask Jeeves anything in quite a long time (case in point: running the title of this entry through Ask Jeeves yielded no definitive answer), we adore Bloglines, so maybe Ask Jeeves's purchase will restore a little luster to Jeeves's shiny butler shoes. Frankly, we didn't know Ask Jeeves still had any money to burn. Let's ask them. Once again, no definitive answer. Even the Magic Eight Ball gives it up more often than that.

On his blog, Fletcher says that the Ask Jeeves partnership will improve searching blogs for information. "We don't think that world-class blog search exists yet," he writes. Does that sound like he's setting the stage for a Bloglines-Technorati smackdown? Sounds like that to us.