Search engines that are not Google do still exist. Some of them are even being started today. Blekko, which launched this week, has been getting a lot of press. (An NY Times article is here; a ComputerWorld article is here.)
This search engine is a bit of a throwback, in that it relies largely on human-edited search results. Blekko's goal is to only list results from reputable sources, mostly by weeding out content farms and those public answer trees where the answers people provide are almost invariably wrong. Time will tell if this works, and some people grow used to searching with a system of slashtags.
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