Microsoft today announced the release of Bing Maps iOS SDK. The new SDK allows developers to use Bing maps in their applications in various ways. From Bing blog, Today, we’re excited to announce a new Bing Maps iOS SDK. This new SDK gives developers a set of Objective C classes to develop iPhone and iPad applications within Xcode, along with documentation and several sample projects to help them get started quickly. The iOS map control supports Bing’s road, aerial and hybrid aerial map styles, and includes the ability to add pushpins to the maps and access the user’s location via the GPS to locate the phone on the map. Bing team at Microsoft is ready to deliver the Bing experiences to literally all the platform in the world. With Partnership of Nokia-Microsoft, RIM-Microsoft, awesome Bing apps for iOS and fully integrated Bing on Windows Phone, The Mobile Search War has just ...

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Bing team today announced the release of streamlined Shopping experience on Bing. Bing Shopping allows you to research and buy various items. Bing search is not like Amazon because it doesn’t sell things by itself. Bing organizes the shopping data from the web and allows you to choose the item and the seller. The new updated experience allows social shopping, that is you can post your shopping items in the cart to Facebook to know your friends comments,etc,. From Bing Blog, First off, the new homepage brings together popular items and content so you can spend less time searching and more time shopping. Popular articles and categories are arranged next to top searches, popular products, and leading brands so you can research and browse items before making a decision. We also added the ability to connect your Facebook account to Bing shopping, so you can be instantly reminded of upcoming birthdays while ...

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Bing today enabled their new rewards program to some users in US. The new rewards program is much more integrated into the search engine which enables more engagement from the users. Your rewards credits will be shown at the top right corner near the sign in link as above. The rewards center allows you to manage your rewards earned and reedeem it for over 250 items available. For about 1000 rewards credits, you will get 1 month Xbox live subscription. You will get 250 credits for first time sign up. The credits will be awarded to you not only for the searches you make on Bing but also some reward links such as above will earn you more credits. This idea particularly increases the possibility of user to click the ads that are placed just below the reward links. What do you think of this new program from Bing? Start Binging ...

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  March 2011 Monthly Unique Visitors YoY change Google.com 150,571,274 -2.49 Facebook.com 140,739,084 +14.49 Yahoo.com 137,436,891 -1.07 YouTube.com 123,406,835 +19.92 Bing.com 89,992,028 +44.19 Wikipedia.org 83,076,477 +7.61 Live.com 75,929,602 +4.13 Amazon.com 75,960,479 +13.63 MSN.com 75,875,255 +3.19 ebay.com 68,501,779 -1.20 Microsoft.com 62,750,035 +4.94 Data from Compete.com Bing continues its rapid growth compared, according to Comscore growing to 13.9% of the US search market in March 2011 and with Yahoo’s share now has 29.6% of the US market, confirming Experian Hitlinks’s recent claim. In terms of the popularity of the site itself, Compete.com shows the site is now the 5th most visited destination on the internet, passing Wikipedia recently and well ahead of Amazon.com which hold’s sixth place. Its growth was also a stunning 44% year on year, compared to Google, which saw its visits drop by 2.5% over the same period. Google has been facing challenges recently, with Facebook ready to bump ...

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Bing has continues to gain search share in the USA, according to Experian Hitwise.  Crucially both Bing itself and Yahoo, with its Bing-powered search have increased in market share, combined rising 5%, and resulting in a 3% drop in the previously seemingly unassailable search giant. Google earns close to half of its revenue from the US market, amplifying immensely the effect of market share loss in the domestic market.  The cumulative effect is also of advertisers needing to advertise on Bing to make sure they do not miss a significant share of the market, weakening Google’s negotiating power and leading to lower prices and revenue. With Google increasingly intimidated by Facebook, with whom Microsoft also has a search deal, and Google announcing bonuses may be cut by 25% of Google does not perform in social media, it may be the company has already seen its peak. Via The Next Web.com ...

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We posted yesterday on the new appearance of Bing noticed by one of our readers.  It seems what Agha was in fact looking was the rather cool new HTML5 version of Bing, which features all kinds of transitions and eye candy. WinPhonia caught it on video, and reports the following changes once a search is made: The page faded into a black and then back to white, revealing the search results. The entire header has been modified; the placement of the Bing logo changed from residing on the top left to the extreme right in the current update. The search categories are now contained within a black strip that encompasses most of the header. The faded homepage background contained within the header has shifted from the middle, to the right side. The search form has been increased in size; from the dimensions of 387×27, to 765×29. When switching between categories ...

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New above, old below. Click for full-size. Agha has written to let us know that he noticed a new look to the Bing result page which only lasted a few minutes. He did however manage to take a screen shot, and the changes appear concentrated in the header. The new design appear to feature the starker boundaries and lack of gradients more typical of the Metro design, and moves the Bing logo to the right of the screen rather than top left. Agha notes the design was pulled soon after, and it is not clear whether we will see this rolled out to everyone eventually. Microsoft is pretty famous for their A:B testing, where they roll out competing changes to a random selection of users and see which one results in the best performance. What do our readers think of the new look? Better or worse? Let us know below. ...

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Bing team from Microsoft announced Bing for iPad app yesterday. It truly refdefines the search experience on tablets/slates form factor. Here is the announcement from Bing, Today, we are pleased to introduce a brand new way to interact with Bing: Bing for iPad. Available for free download through the Apple App store, Bing for iPad goes beyond the traditional search experience, offering a unique and visually rich way to search the Web. The app is designed from the ground up for touch. You can quickly browse news, movies, Bing homepage images, local business listings and much more – all with the swipe of your finger. There are couple of more videos showing whats in this new app, ...

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Yesterday, WMPoweruser reported that NAVTEQ is launching Destination Maps that allows indoor navigation. Bing had similar mapping solution called Venue Maps with full maps of few US malls. Now today Bing has announced that Bing Venue Maps now shows 9 largest US malls and 148 malls in total. Here is the list of 9 malls, Mall of America, MN South Coast Plaza, CA Woodfield Shopping Center, IL King of Prussia Mall, PA Millcreek Mall, PA Del Amo Fashion Center, CA Houston Galleria, TX Roosevelt Field, NY Tysons Corner Center, VA.   I think Bing Venue Maps will soon be powered by NAVTEQ’s Destinations maps when Nokia-Microsoft deal gets completed in a year or so that the combined service might explore the market of indoor mapping to next level. Source: Bing Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced the newly updated m.bing.com mobile experience for HTML5 mobile devices such as iOS and Android. Microsoft noted that Windows Phone 7 devices can enjoy these services when Mobile IE9 gets updated later this year with HTML5. Take a look at the impressive list of features added today, From Bing Blog, Transit Directions and Real-Time Transit We just added transit directions to m.bing.com to make your daily commute and weekend trips easier. We give you the duration of the trip based on walking, transit and traffic information. In addition, real-time transit information is now available for Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles – making it that much easier to get around the city. The real-time updates allow commuters to see if public transit is on schedule, early or delayed, with predictions for arrival times. Image Search We’ve improved Image Search making it faster and smoother, allowing ...

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Video: Bing Feature Update: Check out top city attractions before you go Bing always touts itself as the decision engine, and a question which comes up very often is “What should we do today.” Bing plans to make that easy with its new attractions pages, which pulls together details on top city attractions like the Space Needle or the Smithsonian so you can quickly find the information you’re looking for. The service includes everything you need to plan your excursion – including reviews, events and photos. To ensure you have up-to-the-minute information, Bing is teaming closely with leading content providers including Frommers, TripAdvisor, WCities and Zvents. The Bing database contains more that 50,000 attractions all around the world, filtered automatically by your location. See the page in action in the video above, and try it for yourself here. ...

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Bing has continued its growth in the month of February against its rival Google and partner Yahoo. According to this months comScore report, Bing has grown .5% to reach 13.6%. Google continued the U.S. search market lead in February with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo!with 16.1 percent. This is also in line with the latest Experian Hitwise report that reported a very similar growth for Bing as 13.49% marketshare. Bing is expected to launch the new UI based on HTML5 technology at the Internet Explorer 9 launch event to be held later today at SXSW. ...

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Microsoft was criticised by many people yesterday because of the Bing Marketing team’s tweet. Bing’s twitter account tweeted that it would donate $1 for every retweet of that tweet upto $100K. Later Bing team apologized for their poor act. But Microsoft’s Global Community Affairs team has been busy in extending their support to Japan. Here is the list of efforts that Microsoft have so far undergone.  1. Activating our Disaster Response protocol and team – a dedicated group that mobilizes our company during crises such as this – who is leading outreach to customers, partners, the local government, and relief agencies. 2. Providing customers and partners impacted by the earthquake with free incident support to help get their operations back up and running. 3. Providing free temporary software licenses to all impacted customers and partners as well as lead governments, nonprofit partners and institutions involved in disaster response efforts. 4. ...

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If I were Google I would be very very afraid.  Experian Hitwise reports that Bing has has increased its total market share, including searches delivered by Yahoo by 1.04% to 28.48% of the market, up 4% month on month. Bing itself grew market share by 0.68%, a growth of 5% month. It is not hard to see why.  Further research by Hitwise shows more than 80% of searches resulted in a website visit using Bing and Yahoo, while only 65% of Google searches resulted in a website visit, likely due to Google’s increasingly polluted results. 1% search market share has been valued at around $1 billion worth in value, so it is appropriate that Google, who lost nearly 1.26% market share, saw its market cap drop from $200 billion on the 11th February to $185 billion on the 11th March with the release of the numbers. Of course Microsoft is ...

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