Microsoft Bing team today released their Top Searches Of 2012 report. Kim Kardashian trumped Justin Bieber to become the most searched celebrity. iPhone 5 news items topped even 2012 Elections news items. You can find most searched terms in the following categories. People Sports Stars Musicians Olympians Reality TV Stars Celebrity Couples Celebrity Events News Stories Tech Movies Song Videos TV Reality TV Daytime TV Fashion Destination Holiday Icons Other Search Data For example, the following are Top 10 search terms in Technology. Rank Social Media Rank Consumer Electronics 1 Facebook 1 iPhone 5 2 Twitter 2 iPad 3 Myspace 3 Samsung Galaxy S III/Samsung Galaxy S3 4 LinkedIn 4 Kindle 5 Tumblr 5 iPad 3 6 Instagram 6 iPod Touch 7 Reddit 7 Xbox 8 StumbleUpon 8 PlayStation 3 9 Digg 9 iPhone 4S 10 Klout 10 Windows 8 Read more about it here. ...

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The Sunday Telegraph, via Business Insider, reports that Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is in talks with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about a search tie up. Apparently Yahoo has been looking to extricate themselves from their 10 year deal with Microsoft, launched in 2009, and Facebook has been looking to get into the search game, with Mark Zuckerberg famously noting  they are in a “pretty uniquely positioned to answer the questions people have”. The Yahoo partnership has been central in keeping Bing, which has only 16% market share on its own, relevant against the Google behemoth, which has 66% share. Together with Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, Microsoft has access to around 30% of the search market in US. Loosing access to this stream of data would be extremely detrimental to the quality of Bing’s search results. Of course it is likely that Microsoft’s deal with Yahoo is air ...

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Microsoft Bing team today blogged about some stats regarding the traffic on Bing and MSN on Election Day in US. ComScore revealed that almost 32 million people visited Bing and MSN to say informed on Election Day, with over 308 million pages viewed. More on the Bing/MSN traffic from ComScore, While TV has long been the dominant medium for election coverage, our data also revealed that a significant audience was also looking for a second screen experience on election night.  In fact, almost 8 million people visited Bing and MSN during the primetime broadcast hours of 8-11 PM ET on election night, which matched CBS and beat Fox (4.9 million) and MSNBC (4.7 million)**. People visiting Bing peaked at 11 PM ET on Election Day followed by the second most visited time period of 12 PM ET the following day. Election related searches on Bing increased 300% on Election Day. ...

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The Bing Desktop app is probably the best way to get the daily Bing wallpapers on your desktop, but if you are a more casual user and just want to download the odd one that catches your fancy, Bing now allows the wallpapers to be downloaded on an ad hoc basis. The search engine home page now includes a download button (extreme right) but unfortunately still requires that users connect to Facebook to download, which does limit it to US only. Via LiveSide.net ...

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YouGov has found in their regular brand survey, which asks consumers whether they heard good or bad things about a brand, that Microsoft’s brand seems to be making all of the right moves. Since mid-October, Microsoft perception has risen from 17 to 25. Among tablet owners, the brand enjoys even better perception levels, moving from 23 to 33 over the same period. Since Windows 8 promotions kicked in at mid-October, the Windows brand has seen its buzz score rise from 14 to 23. That is the brand’s highest buzz score since the launch of Windows 7. And with tablet users, the Windows brand rose to a 30 score the first week of November. Even Bing is benefiting, moving from 10 to 16 over the last several weeks. This represents its highest Buzz score in over two years and coincides with Bing’s current advertising campaign. Even in the 20’s Microsoft’s brand ...

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Today, Google and Microsoft posted video about their search experience to win Windows 8 users. Microsoft Bing has an edge over Google in Windows 8 both it terms of accessibility and experience. You can realize it from the following videos. Microsoft: Google: I love to Bing, what about you? Source: Google, Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Bing today launched a new page under Bing called Bing Elections to bring together comprehensive election news, up-to-the-minute election results, and social media insights. The content is brought together from MSN and political partnerships including Politico, Real Clear Politics, The Cook Political Report, Huffington Post and Associated Press. It will offers the following features, • Real-time algorithmic news results sourced from key national, local, partisan and non-partisan sources, including the Associated Press, USA Today, Huffington Post, Politico and more • Dynamic, interactive map with national, state and local election results from The Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics, as it’s reported • Unique left to right news selector lets people filter the news the way they like it, including from the right, left or center perspective. Just click on a box and see the news of the day filtered accordingly. • Bing is also the only search engine with strategic partnerships with ...

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Microsoft Bing is always known for its beautiful homepage images. Microsoft keeps on tweaking the Bing homepage to make it look and function better. Last year Microsoft introduced the video homepages which got a warm welcome among users. Now, Microsoft is placing DeepZoom images on its homepages, you can pan around the image using the controls palced below and you can even zoom into the pictures. Bing Australia got once such image today and you can check it out here. via: josefajardo ...

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With the new Xbox Console update comes a new search experience, courtesy of Bing. The update brings improved voice recognition capabilities and accuracy of Bing on Xbox, but also other features including: Search the Web from Your TV: With the addition of “Internet Explorer,” you can now search across the web, as well as the content on your Xbox, to find the most relevant results. Bing on Xbox also searches YouTube for web original video. So, if you’re searching for a film with Jason Statham, you not only get results for his movies from within Xbox, but you can also view related web content within the same search. Music Search: With Bing as the search service for Xbox, you can search the new Xbox Music service for your favorite artist, song or album, and then sit back and enjoy. Similarly, Bing will power the search in the new Xbox Music ...

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It seems the success of Smoked by Windows Phone went to Microsoft’s heads, as they now have a taste for head to head comparisons between their and rival’s products. According to their stats those who took their Bing-it-on challenge chose Bing 2:1 over Google, but of course probably only Bing users knew about the challenge in the first place. Now it seems Microsoft will be running TV spots featuring street challenges similar to Smoked by Windows Phone hoping to spread the message that Bing is better than Google. With Google’s market cap recently (and briefly) exceeding Microsoft’s, and Google still extremely dependent on search ads for their income, it has become increasingly urgent for Microsoft to win ground and mindshare as a serious competitor in this space. Hopefully they will keep the pressure up. Via WindowsPhoneDaily.com ...

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Liveside.net reports that Bing users are now able to download there iconic wallpapers directly to their desktop if they sign in with their Facebook ID. Users are not however able to browse the back catalogue, so to get the best of Bing you probably have to visit every day. The download feature may not be visible to everyone yet, and if you only want a new and beautiful wallpaper for your phone every day the Bing Desktop app works pretty well. Via LiveSide.net ...

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While Bing has been making steady progress in growing market share against Google, many remain unconvinced that searches are better when powered by Microsoft.  Bingiton is Microsoft’s latest Bing campaign which was launched a couple weeks ago in order to decide which search engine really offered the best result; without people being biased towards Bing or Google.  Microsoft has now announced after more than 5 million blind tests that users have chosen Bing results 2:1 over Google.  Ideally, Bingiton will convince the public that is is worth switching to the search engine that offers the best results on the internet. Following on from their success with Bingiton, Microsoft will launch a ‘Bingiton sweepstakes’, where Bing users have a chance of winning Microsoft-themed prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface tablet, Lifecam Studio Webcam, Office Home and Business 2010 and many more.  Also, be sure to look out for Microsoft’s new TV ...

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Microsoft Bing team today announced its partnership with Klout, a social media influence engine. Bing announced the sidebar feature few months ago which allowed us to find relevant information from friends, experts and enthusiasts across social networks. Bing now integrates top social networks on the web like Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Quora into the sidebar. Today, Bing announced the integration of Klout in its search results sidebar. On Bing, we will surface Klout scores and influential topics for many of the experts in the People Who Know section of the sidebar. Klout as a social influence signal in the sidebar will really help customers connect with the right experts on the topics they are searching for. As part of Klout’s recently unveiled moments feature, we’ll begin surfacing Bing highlights on some Klout users profiles, demonstrating how search can be a powerful new indicator of online influence. What’s interesting about our work on the Klout service ...

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As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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After completing the Global Ortho Project in US last month, Bing Imagery team at Microsoft today announced that they are adding 17 Million SqKm of new satellite imagery to Bing Maps. Global Ortho for Western Europe is on schedule to be completed by the end of CY 2012. Also Bing Imagery team celebrated the completion of GO in US with “Golden Spike” flight. Bing team invited local Colorado chalk artist Jennifer Mosquera to create the biggest Bing logo ever made!  At over 200’ by 90’, the logo may indeed be the biggest Bing ever.  As luck would have it, the ideal spot for the logo in the Golden Spike flight was the top of the parking garage just north of the Bing Maps Imagery Team’s building in downtown Boulder, CO. (See the image above) Read more at Bing Maps blog.  ...

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