- - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook unveiled a search feature that will put the world’s largest online social network more squarely in competition with Google and other rivals such as Yelp and LinkedIn.

Called “graph search,” the service unveiled Tuesday lets users quickly sift through their social connections for information about people, interests, photos and places. It will help users who, for instance, want to scroll through all the photos their friends have taken in Paris or search for the favorite TV shows of all their friends who happen to be doctors.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg stressed that “graph search” is different from an all-purpose search engine, but if the new search tool works the way Facebook envisions, users should be able to find information they want to see on their own instead of relying on the social network’s formulas to pick which posts and pictures to display in their feed.

DEBT

Global credit agency warns U.S. risks new downgrade

LONDON — The United States could lose its top credit rating from a second leading agency if there is a delay in raising the country’s debt ceiling, Fitch Ratings warned Tuesday.

Congress has to increase the country’s debt limit, which effectively rules how much debt the U.S. can have, by the end of February or face a potential default, Fitch says.

MANUFACTURING

Automakers strike deal
to build Jeeps in China

DETROIT — Fiat S.p.A., Chrysler Group LLC and a Chinese automaker have signed an agreement to expand manufacturing in China and build Jeeps for sale in that market.

The deal was announced Tuesday as Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. discussed its plans during press days at the North American International Auto Show.

INTERNET

Wikipedia group launches user-built Web travel guide

SAN FRANCISCO — The foundation behind crowd-sourced knowledge compendium Wikipedia on Tuesday launched a free online travel guide built collaboratively by volunteers from around the globe.

Wikimedia Foundation rolled out Wikivoyage.org as its popular online encyclopedia celebrated its 12th birthday. It said the travel guide was debuting with 50,000 articles in more than a half-dozen languages.

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