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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Speech Recognition and Speech process are becoming an integral part of evolving NUI. Its atleast evident from the case of Microsoft Kinect. Game Developers and gamers around the world are now enjoying the voice recognition capabilities provided by Kinect. Recently Microsoft showed at E3, its upcoming version of Xbox Dashboard which fully supports Human Voice for controlling the console. Microsoft’s Bing also provides voice search to its users through which they can search the web. At an press event yesterday, Google shared some interesting stats on voice search queries. Mobile speech inputs at Google have grown by a factor of six and two years of non stop speech comes into Google’s mobile search every day. Microsoft shared much more impressive and interesting numbers on voice queries. Here are they, Number of voice queries per day on Tellme platform: · 11 billion+ speech requests each year on the Microsoft Tellme speech ...

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Few weeks before reported about Amazon Product Reviews Integrated Into Bing Search Results. Now its Yahoo Answers being integrated into Bing search results page. When your search term is similar to a question in yahoo answers, then you will be provided with best answer, other answers and full question option at the side of the Yahoo Answer search result. When you hover over any of there options, you will be shown with the answers.. Really cool ! ! Also Google is holding an event tomorrow to shows its latest innovations similar to the one it held last year to show Google Instant search feature. Lets see what Google has in their sleeves.. ...

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The Baidu Charitable Foundation and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (The Gates Foundation) founded a strategic charitable alliance on Saturday, in a bid to work for a healthy, smoke-free environment both in China and around the world. Bill Gates joined forces with Robin Li, CEO of China’s answer to Google-Baidu during his second trip to China, to form a charitable organisation which will help people to quit smoking. Li received a link analysis patent in 1996 which would eventually make him one of China’s richest citizens and has said Gates had always been a role model to him even before he began Baidu. He pledged that they will increase smokers’ awareness of the dangers of active and passive smoking. They also intend to spread the health alliance’s initiatives and health messages via online community.  The open-ended public health alliance will be active in China and around the world. The health consequences of ...

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According to comScore, Google Sites led the U.S. explicit core search market in May with 65.5 percent market share (up 0.1 percentage points), followed by Yahoo! Sites with 15.9 percent and Microsoft Sites with 14.1 percent. Ask Network accounted for 2.9 percent of explicit core searches, followed by AOL, Inc. with 1.5 percent. Totally Google powered searches accounted for 67.8 percent of searches , while 26.5 percent of searches were powered by Bing. So its a flat month. ...

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Bing for Mobile Browse (m.bing.com) team today announced their latest update to their service. The latest updates make it easier to share on Facebook, access news, see local listings and directions in one view, reference past searches and view trending topics. From Bing blog, Share on Facebook – Easily share images, local business details, and, applications (only on iOS devices) with your Facebook friends, making it easy  for them to learn, comment and “Like” what you find interesting and you to get their opinion while on the go. News – Whether you’re looking for the latest entertainment news or sports scores, get the day’s news straight from your Bing for Mobile browse home page with the touch of a button.  For headline news, we added a carousel that lets you to quickly flip through the headlines so you’ll never miss a beat or scroll down to see the top three ...

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Bing today announced its updates to Bing webmaster tools that enables them to manage their websites for Bing search engine. It will drive more visitors to your site using Bing data on search queries, crawling and search traffic. Some of the major features and improvements Bing Webmaster account users are listed below. Crawl delay configurable by the hour Users can ask us to crawl slower during peak business hours and have us crawl faster during off-peak hours Simple drag-and-drop functionality allows you to create a crawl graph by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer across the graph. You can easily fine tune by clicking individual columns, too. Feature enables dedicated pre-set crawl settings for AJAX websites Index Explorer This is a complete rewrite of the Index Tracker backend focusing on the following tenants: Freshness Performance Extensibility Reduced machine footprint Stability and failure detection New sites will have Index Explorer data the ...

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Microsoft’s Bing team yesterday announced Schema.org project along with other major search engines Google and Yahoo. The new partnership between the major search engine seems to help publishers to describe their sites so that all search engines could understand the site content better. Well today, we’re pleased to announce Bing is joining forces with Google and Yahoo! to deliver schema.org, a new initiative, to create and support a common set of schemas for structured data markup on web pages. With schema.org, site owners and developers can learn about structured data and improve how their sites appear in search results on Bing, Google, and Yahoo!. We’re making the work available on schema.org, which aims to be a one stop resource for webmasters looking to add markup to their pages to help search engines better understand their websites. Schema.org now includes schemas for over 100 categories, such as movies, music, TV shows, places, products, and ...

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Bing seems to be dropping its feature of hovering over the right of search result to get more details. Instead of this, Bing introduced a cool feature that displays key result of the page such as movie ratings from IMDB, Flixster,etc, links to watch trailers from Apple,etc,. Today I came across an another handy feature Bing has been testing. If you search for a product/movie in Bing which is also listed on Amazon, then you can directly read some reviews of the product by just hovering over the reviews link to the right of the amazon product link. Cool, eh?? ...

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As expected Bing Maps team today announced the availability of Bing Maps Streetside view. The new Streetside view will replace the existing streetview of the Bing Maps. Google first launched the streetview images in US almost 4 years back which became famous wy of virtually exploring the world. But it was not so much convenient for exploring business collections, for which the new Streetside view from Bing will address the problems. From Bing Blog, If you take a look at a Bing map in Streetside view today you will notice that we’ve made a lot of changes. These changes represent a significant enhancement for desktop browsers, enabling you to quickly pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find businesses. We are doing this by providing street level panoramas so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of locations and landmarks. As you slide ...

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Microsoft Research recently shared information on next generation search technology enabled by gestures. Currently, search in both PCs and mobile are enabled by typing the keyword or speaking through voice recognition. But Microsoft research has been working on gesture based search where a user will be drawing some gestures on the screen based on which search results will appear. A user draws two circles in the search window of a smartphone. In a moment, a bicycle and a bundle of apples appear on the screen, among other things with round shapes. This is Microsoft’s next-generation search technology called “gesture,” which enables automatic search of relevant information by drawing only; no word entry on a keyboard is necessary. Google’s Android platform have somewhat  similar application but that allows you to search only the contacts list by drawing the alphabet on the screen. Its also good to hear that this project is in ...

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Microsoft announced EyeWonder and Phluant as their partners to expand its mobile rich media advertising solutions in the U.S. Microsoft is serious about its advertising business is the recent days backed by Bing and MSN media properties. Recently Microsoft was awarded for two new innovative ad formats called “Filmstrip” format and “Sidekick” format. Check out the video of Filmstrip format after the break. Here is the screenshot of a Rich mobile ad format, From Microsoft Advertising Blog, These partnerships complement Microsoft Advertising’s current rich media offering provided by PointRoll, and will enable us to deliver more interactive and innovative ad experiences across Microsoft’s premium mobile browse properties, such as MSN, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and FOX Sports.By supporting new rich media formats from our partners, Microsoft Advertising will be able to deliver greater value to our advertisers in the following ways: –Increased Reach: The supported rich media formats will be available across ...

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