Cuil is a new search engine produced by a group of Google refugees. They claim their search index is three times larger than Google's. They are also saying they will guard user privacy better than Google does.
I played with Cuil today and I think their best feature is the way they lay out search results. Cuil results are displayed in a magazine like format and includes photos. While too early for me to tell if the search results are as good or better than Google or Yahoo, they are prettier.
Cuil's launch has not been without problems, leading some to say Cuil is not so hot. The service is slow and has been unavailable at times today. Information Week reports these problems and adds that the images displayed with search results are not always relevant. But since they just launched glitches like this are to be expected.
Cuil has raised $33 million in VC and joins a large number of other search start-ups chasing after Google.