Social signals integration in search engines especially Google is creating lots of buzz these days. Bing Director, Stefan Weitz did an interview with All Things D to talk on Social integration in Bing. When asked about Microsoft’s approach to including Social in Search engines, The first thing is, we are taking this pretty slow, and there’s a pretty good reason for that. People don’t understand how amazingly complex it is to make sense of any social signal. So we are being very conservative about where we fire social results. That’s the first thing; the second thing is there’s more than likes and shares. It’s more about augmenting this mechanical product — the algorithmic search engine — with people. So we shipped things like understanding the cities where you live, friends’ opinions on stock quotes — a bunch of things besides just firing off social search. He also said that Google ...

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December search market share results were released by comScore earlier today. It turned out to be a bad news for Microsoft since it lost market share against Google. Even though Bing gained 0.1% market share in December, its partner Yahoo lost almost half a percentage (0.6%) market share. So Bing powered search lost .5% market share in December. More than 18.2 billion explicit core searches were conducted in December (up 2 percent). Google Sites ranked first with 12 billion (up 3 percent), followed by Microsoft Sites with 2.7 billion (up 2 percent) and Yahoo! Sites with 2.6 billion. Ask Network delivered 531 million searches (up 3 percent), while AOL, Inc. rounded out the top five with 287 million. Read more at comScore. ...

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Microsoft is expanding its street-side imagery in Germany. They are adding 360 deg images to the following cities from today. The new cities added are, Augsburg, Berlin, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Mainz, Munich, Nuremberg, Offenbach am Main, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Würzburg. You can check out at Bing Maps to explore it. ...

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Microsoft today sold its online property Ciao to Leguide.com. Ciao is a shopping guide website in Europe which lets consumers to compare their product across different stores with their reviews, price, etc,. Microsoft bought Ciao few years back for $486 million which attracted about 25 million visits a month. Ciao is so far and still powering the Bing shopping vertical in Europe. Since Microsoft has sold it, still we don’t know about Microsoft’s future plans for shopping vertical in UK. You can visit ciao at ciao.co.uk or Bing UK Shopping. More on this at Techcrunch. ...

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According to the latest search engine marketshare metrix from comScore released for November 2011, Microsoft’s Bing has almost equal marketshare as its partner Yahoo Search. Bing’s search marketshare gone up from 14.8 percent the previous month to 15% in November. Yahoo had 15.1 percent, down from 15.2 percent. Google’s market share fell to 65.4 percent from 65.6 percent. So Bing/Yahoo totally owns 30.2% share up .1% from the previous month. Recently Microsoft’s Research FUSE labs introduced its latest project called Socl which uses Bing as a platform is a great way to take the search engine landscape to a new level. Hope Microsoft can execute it well ! ! Source: comScore ...

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Bing team has a habit of testing its UI tweaks among the public. The latest one was spotted yesterday by few users where Bing web search results page gets a new clean look with no blue header as the current one. The new UI has only one common header at the top as opposed to two headers in the old one. Hope Bing adopts this UI in the future, its looks cool. via: liveside ...

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Here is a roundup of first impressions on Xbox LIVE Dashboard update (Fall 2011) from various sites/blogs, The Verge: Overall, the new UI is a refreshing and much-needed update to 2008′s New Xbox Experience, itself the first major revision after its “Blades” interface from launch. Menu navigation is much quicker, the voice search overall picked up what we were saying, and as a bonus it now has more natural language input — you can now say “play Modern Warfare 3″ as opposed to “play disc,” for example. It wasn’t flawless, of course, but it makes a stronger case for Kinect’s microphone capabilities. The “hover hand” to wave open apps is still there, and yes, it’s still painful to the point of uselessness. Hey, at least it’s fun with The Gunstringer. The Engadget:  Pros Excellent, fun voice integration Sleek, intuitive “Metro” interface Comprehensive cross-catalog search Practical social features (Beacons) Cons Voice ...

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Today Bing team announced a new program called Bing Magical Holiday Calendar. The website will offer eligible visitors a month of free offers, sweepstakes, etc,. The prizes include a trip around the world, free concerts for a year, free cars, ultimate fashion experiences and more from partners including Complex Media, Derek Lam, Fiat, Hulu Plus, Live Nation Entertainment, Lonely Planet and Spotify. Check Bing.com/holiday daily for details and official rules. Read the official press release from Microsoft here. FYI, Its US only. ...

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here. Today Bing team released its summary for search data of 2011. You can see about the search trends in detail at Bing blog. For example Justin Bieber is the most searched celebrity and The high profile trials of Casey Anthony (#1) and Conrad Murray (#7) were followed closely by Americans this year was the most search news story of the year. The boys got served by Maria Sharapova in sports-related queries, beating Tiger Woods by 4 percent and Brett Favre by 117 percent. Most Notable Changes in Bing’s Most Searched Celebrity in 2011 versus 2010: Bieber fever just got hotter: Justin Bieber moved from #6 in 2010 to #1 in 2011. The fascination in Kim Kardashian remains strong in 2011, with her moving slightly from #1 in 2010 to #2 in 2011. Six out of the top ten most searched people on Bing in 2010 fell out of the ...

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Microsoft is giving Bing a huge marketing push this holiday season to capture the minds of people using Google. Their marketing theme is based on the characters from Rudolph the reindeer. Microsoft  licensed the rights to the characters from Rudolph’s 47-year-old holiday special after convincing their owners that the Bing commercials would further enhance reindeer’s story among the public. There’s no mistaking the common theme in the four Rudolph ads produced for the Bing promotion. The ads are all done in the same stop-motion puppet animation used in the original 1964 TV special. One features Bumble the Abominable Snowman using Bing to get ideas for a more fearsome roar. Another shows some of the characters turning to Bing for suggestions on a vacation that leads to a getaway on an island of misfit toys. Microsoft has bought seven slots on national TV to run those four 30-second ads. The company ...

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According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has signed NDA with Yahoo to begin talks about bidding for the assests of Yahoo reported New York Times today. Microsoft will join the private equity firms like Silver Lake, TPG Capital and others who were also signed similar NDA’s with Yahoo last month about buying Yahoo. Even though Microsoft has several year Search deal with the company, other assets of Yahoo will largely overlap with Microsoft assests. Some of them are Yahoo.com, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo News, etc,. Microsoft may not need those assets but they are closely related to search, so it may help other firms to buy Yahoo by financing the deal to keep its search deal in action as it is today. Lets see how the deal plays out.. Source: NYT ...

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Today Bing team blogged about Bing.com/shopping features to make consumers Black Friday shopping an easy process. Two weeks ago we wrote about Bing Weekly deals. Head over to www.bingblackfriday.com to check out which products will be discounted. If you miss out this weekend, check out our weekly e-circularssections that highlight circulars from leading retailers (updated on a weekly basis.) There is a new Price History feature using which you can find out whether prices are rising or dropping and whether you should buy now or wait. It shows a nice little graph as well. Also when you search for an item, related products are listed above the results which may come handy to further explore the category and then Bing allows you to further narrow down your search with filters on the left-hand side of the screen. For example if you choose digital camera, you can filter by brand, lens, pixel count,etc,. More details ...

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Microsoft has made an acquisition after a long period of time. Microsoft has bought VideoSurf, an Israeli based startup focusing on Video search. The deal amount is said to be about $70  million. VideoSurf raised $28 million from former US President Al Gore, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Verizon Investment Fund, Pitango Venture Capital,Orbotech Ltd. founder Hanan Gilutz, and SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg. The company’s technology scans video websites, such as Hulu, Metacafe, and Dailymotion, enabling users to easily find a specific video online. The technology can scan video clips quickly, implement a thorough search of their content (such as faces or events), and tag the various clips. Another Israeli company AnyClip Ltd. supplies Hollywood video content to Videosurf to enable video search based on content.  The site has more than 20 million users view each month. I think Microsoft will try to integrate VideoSurf’s technology into Bing Videos and even Xbox to make finding videos easier for consumers. More details here. ...

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Today Bing team announced that Bing Daily Deals will be rebranded as MSN Offers. MSN Offers lets you subscribe to daily email notifying you about the best deals in your local area. Since people will get confused with the Bing.com/deals which aggregates thousands of daily deals everyday, Microsoft rebranded it as MSN Offers. We wanted to give you a heads up that Bing Daily Deals will soon be re-named MSN Offers. It’s the same great set of values in your local area, but we wanted to clear up confusion between the Daily Deals you receive via email and the Bing Deals feature which aggregates daily deals from hundreds of providers at Bing.com/Deals. Moreover, better aligning Daily Deals with MSN, where you can go to find the best things going on in your local area, seems to make good sense. You don’t need to do or change a thing. You’ll still ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will open “Advanced Technology Center For Internet” at Beijing, China. The new center will focus on online services like Bing search engine, Online advertising (AdCenter), Technology for its MSN platforms and Mobile Internet services. Microsoft is also integrating its STCA (Search Technology Center Asia) and Advertising technology center in Beijing into the new ATCI. It will employ hundreds of R&D Engineers from China and Japan. Source: Sina via: menafn ...

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 Today Experian Hitwise reported that the Bing-powered search comprised 28.62 percent of searches for the month, with Yahoo! Search and Bing receiving 15.39 percent and 13.23 percent, respectively. This report differs from the comScore data which was released few days ago which reported that Bing powered search lost ~1%. Take a look at the market share stat below, Source: Hitwise   ...

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