Yesterday Bing team announced a new feature for Bing web search called Bing Action Buttons. When you search across 7 popular categories – including airlines, couriers (e.g. FedEx), restaurants, banks, rental cars, software downloads and hotels – you will be presented with buttons for top actions on the site, that directly take you to the page where you can complete your task. You can see how it will look like the above two images. This is not a ground breaking feature, but these simple little things helps you to get your job done easily when compared to Google. More on this feature on Bing blog.   ...

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Similar to top image search trends, Bing has a page for top search trends. Bing Trends page allows you to visually explore the top search trends in Bing on the current day and even for the 5 previous days from the current day. Again this feature may be new or old, available/unavailable to some countries (It works in US for sure).  On the other note, I think Bing should globalize their product soon to counter Google effectively. You can try it out here. ...

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Microsoft is investing and partnering with Adchemy, an advertising technology company. Techcrunch today reported that Microsoft has joined August Capital and the Mayfield Fund to invest $61 million in Adchemy series-E funding. Along with investment, Microsoft is also extending its partnership with Adchemy to provide ad technology to its Microsoft adCenter customers. Adchemy’s IntentMap technology allows advertisers improve their paid search campaigns and expand keyword coverage by using consumer intent instead of individual keywords. Another good move that would help Microsoft to better serve its advertising customers. ...

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Following the release of Bing powered Yahoo algorithmic search in some European countries like UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy last month, yesterday Yahoo announced that Yahoo Asia which includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are now powered by Bing algorithmic search. In addition to that, more European countries like Greece, Poland, Romania and Switzerland were added to that list. As a result, advertisers can target much more wider audience using single platform and consumers may see much better results. ...

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Yahoo’s Carol Bartz and Steve Ballmer in happier times There is talks of AOL and Yahoo looking for a merger, but now Microsoft is also rumoured to be sniffing around the ailing Yahoo. "Definitely, people are talking about it," a MSN source told Business Insider. While we usually think in terms of Bing and Yahoo, which makes the deal less attractive as Microsoft has a 10 year search deal with the company, it is Microsoft’s MSN destination which could benefit the most from an outright purchase. The source told Business Insider Microsoft was not interested in AOL, noting "Yahoo is a lot more interesting. If it comes into play, then at least their U.S. media business is a pretty interesting asset. It’s complicated because of those Asian assets." "The portal space is challenged. Facebook is just absorbing more and more minutes – usage. That’s having an effect on portals. The ...

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Bing team announced a new addition to the list of signals based on which your search results are presented. Adding to the much useful Social signal, the new adaptive search brings you much more relevant results more often. Adaptive search makes use of your past search history while maintaining the privacy of you to bring better results. From Bing Blog, How does it work? Every time you search on Bing, the information provided helps Bing understand what you’re trying to do. The more you search, the more Bing can learn – and use that information to adapt the experience so you can spend less time searching and accomplish what you set out to do. As an example, let’s say you’re in the process of planning a vacation – you might decide to search for “Australia”. In this case, you’re most likely to be looking for websites specifically about the country Australia, or information about ...

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At a Analyst Meeting currently ongoing Microsoft has illustrated its increasing reach in the US Search market with the above slide, which I think illustrates the accelerating gains there pretty well. As Microsoft’s market share grows there develops a virtuous circle where their search results improve due to more data and their income grows as advertisers are more likely to look beyond Google, drawing in more users and making the venture more sustainable. It is I am sure a circle Google would do anything to kill, but it has not been able to succeed so far in the last 2 years, and seems increasingly incapable of doing so. AllthingsD is coving the analyst conference (poorly) here. ...

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comScore have released their search market share  report today. Microsoft powered search continues to trend upwards while Google powered search slips. Both Bing and Yahoo increased their search market share while Google lost some points. From comScore, Month of August: U.S. explicit core search was up 9% y/y for the month of August a deceleration from +10% y/y in July. Google search was up 8.1%, Yahoo! up 2% and Microsoft up 44%. September Quarter (Quarter over Quarter) Pacing: We examine how the search quarter is pacing after the second month of the quarter. We define pacing as taking the reported period (month of July and August) and dividing it by the monthly average of the previous quarter. To that end, U.S. explicit core search is pacing up 2.7% q/q for 3QTD (vs. +2.8% as of July), with Google up 1.9%, Yahoo! up 4.7% and Microsoft up 5.2%. Share of Market: Google’s at share was 64.8% is ...

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Experian Hitwise have released their monthly stats for search market share in the USA, and the data continues to show an erosion of Google’s market share and growth in Bing-powered searches. In the 30 days July to August 2011 Bing and Yahoo search combined added nearly 1%, from 28.05 to 28.99, while Google dived around the same amount, from 66.05 to 65.09% of the market. Year on year the numbers are even more stark, with Google dropping from 71.59 to 65.09 percent, down 6.5%, while Bing-powered search increased 4.4% to 28.99 over the same period. While Google still has an overwhelming market share in the high 90% overseas, they make around 45% of their $30 billion plus revenue in USA, making each percentage lost by Google worth around $250 million. With Google still earning 97% of their revenue from the search business, the very unfocussed company, who makes a range ...

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Bing is currently testing a HTML5 Web app, and we can access it too. But the app is not completed, so its broken in many places, also it gives you an idea of how the app will be. Michael Gillett from MML have posted the above images showing search results and home page of new web app under testing. The app seems to be more optimized for touch, Windows 8 may be the reason behind it. Thanks to Tom Warren of Winrumors who tweeted the link to access this new web app. You can try it here, Bing.com/bingwin. ...

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Yahoo’s CEO Carol Bartz, has apparently just been fired , with CFO Tim Morse being installed temporarily in her place. The turmoil at the top may signify a change in strategy from the company, and while they still maintain they are looking for “organic growth” an insider has claimed “Yahoo is open to selling itself to the right bidder” according to TNW. Microsoft famously attempted to purchase Yahoo for $ 44.6 billion in 2008.  The company is currently trading for close to a third of the value to a market cap of $16 billion, and while Microsoft may once again by interested, I suspect on this occasion the only segment they would be interested in would be the search business, rather than the whole company. Microsoft already had an existing deal to provide the search back end for Yahoo, giving Bing a de facto 30% US market share. Do our ...

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Bing has started to roll out its new Metro-fied HTML5-enabled version, with users reporting the typical Windows Phone-like search buttons, smoother page transitions that fade in and out  and navigation tabs (maps, images, videos, etc.) now persistently floating at the top of the page. BingWatch, who obviously keeps a close eye on these things, reports the following changes: Text links to all eight sections include “Images,” “Videos,” “Shopping,” and others are now being moved to the top navigation bar.  The Facebook icon and the number of “Like” also moved up a little bit.  The new homepage also spotted with a larger font size for today’s hot topics "Popular now" at the bottom of the page. The old homepage has eight vertical links to sections include Images, Videos, and others, at left, on top of today’s background photo. The new homepage moved those eight links to the top navigation bar, on ...

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Microsoft has succeeded where Google failed, by renewing their data sharing deal with Twitter, something which Google recently failed with, terminating their Realtime search feature in the process. The renewal was revealed in a cutesy conversation on twitter between the official Bing and Twitter accounts, as recorded by The Next Web. With Google now in direct competition with both Facebook and Twitter with Google Plus, it is likely Microsoft will have much greater access to social networking data from these other companies to improve the attractiveness and accuracy of their own search engine, already pretty accurate but with a low user base. Via TNW.com ...

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VIEWING MEDIA IN THE CONTEXT OF STREET-LEVEL IMAGES A system for displaying hybrid image data produced by embedding additional media objects within street-level panoramic images includes a user interface through which a user may view, search for, and/or navigate through additional media objects in the context of browsing a virtual environment of a location at street level. In response to user input indicating a request to view a geographic location and/or an additional media object, street-level panoramic image data associated with the geographic location, in which one or more additional media objects also associated with the geographic location have been embedded, may be provided for display through the user interface. The user interface may be provided by a client device including one or more processors that receive hybrid image data produced by one or more processors of a server and display the image data to the user. Automated Acquisition of ...

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Bing for iPad app which got released few months back got some great feedback and reviews so far. The app has got tremendous rating of over 4.7 from more than 5000 reviews in Apple’s iTunes store. Today, Bing team announced a new update to the app with many new features, From Bing blog, From our research, we know that many searches are inspired by things people see on the web. Today, it can be somewhat painful to search on a tablet when you’re engaged in reading something; just copying and pasting pieces of text from a webpage to a search box can take up to nine steps on the iPad. With Lasso you can circle and search in just two steps. This release also includes: an improved movie experience that now lets you view multiple showtime days and theaters, the ability to swipe through the last six Bing homepage images, ...

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As rumored months ago, today Microsoft and Baidu announced their partnership on web search service. As a result of the partnership, Bing will power the English language search queries on Baidu. Baidu is the No.1 search provider in China with more than 75% marketshare. The marketshare is on the raise after the Google’s exit from China’s market. This deal will also provide a significant position for Microsoft’s Bing in China where it has negligible marketshare. From Microsoft China blog, (Translated using Bing translator because the content is in Chinese, bare with it) Today, Baidu Bing announced partnership with Microsoft, English-language search services for Chinese users combined. This collaboration means that Baidu provides users with the leading Chinese-language search services on the basis of, began by working with Bing provides world class English search service for your users. It is reported that Baidu and Bing collaboration product after online during the ...

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