Microsoft today released a re-designed Bing Video search experience. The all new design allows you to quickly browse, discover and view videos from YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo, Dailymotion, Vevo, MTV, CBS, MSN and more. It has a streamlined navigation, instant preview and more. Pop-out Hover Preview: Rather than making you travel to a site to see if a video is the one you’re looking for, we updated our preview mode so now you can simply roll the cursor over the video thumbnail to see a short preview. We also expanded the information displayed about a video to speed up your search and now show favicons from the top sites, view counts, descriptions, and bold your search terms in the titles. Additionally, we’ve added a control for our previews so you can adjust the volume level of the preview playback. Improved Filters: Another subtle but powerful feature are the filter improvements. ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft is in “advanced talks” to invest in location based startup Foursquare. Bloomberg said that Microsoft is vying to take an equity stake in Foursquare Labs. Microsoft may make this investment in Foursqaure similar to what they did with Facebook in 2007. A small investment in this location startup might give them access to data of over billions of check-ins. Microsoft may integrate Foursqaure data into products like Bing, Local Scout, etc, to provide more robust location data to users. Foursquare recently revealed few new features that will engage more users into their platform, The updates included a feature that lets people check their friends into locations in addition to themselves. It’s also unveiling a technology that will send users automatic recommendations when they visit a new restaurant or neighborhood, without having to open the application. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft today announced a new feature for SkyDrive photos. Today, in partnership with the Bing team, SkyDrive team released a feature that will make your SkyDrive photos smarter by using OCR (optical character recognition) to extract the text from photos in your camera roll when you view them on SkyDrive.com. Most of us can think of a time that we took a picture of something that we really just wanted the text from. It could have been a photo of a product label at a store, a picture of a magazine article or ad, or a snapshot of a sign with info you wanted to remember. When you take photos with your Windows Phone (with auto-upload turned on) today, we send them to your SkyDrive camera roll folder. With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the ...

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  Microsoft has released a new ad to promote its Bing for Schools campaign by comparing it to Google which serves all sorts of ads for students in schools. As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections Read more about the campaign here. Source: CNET ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced an improved product search experience that will be coming to all customers in coming months. One main change is that, Bing will now show you relevant products directly in the main results page. You no longer need to navigate to a dedicated “shopping” experience to find what you’re looking for. For example, if you are in the market for a new camera. Simply enter “dslr camera” and you will see a category snapshot with the top dslr cameras. You might have heard about a specific Canon model, you click on the <Canon EOS 6D> and you will see our new Carousel so you can quickly browse other related products that might be of interest and then narrow down the selection that best meets your needs. We’re also bringing the power of our industry leading Snapshottechnology to expose more of the details you need for a specific ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their updated Bing for Schools program. It will have the following advantages, The new Bing for Schools program will offer daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. This program is not open for all schools right now. However school districts can register for these search enhancements now and a limited number will be accepted into the initial pilot, with other schools being notified by Microsoft about future eligibility. You can read more about it at http://www.bing.com/schools Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced the new  Bing’s Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. People have to submit one of their own photos that highlights and capture the beauty of their hometown to the new Bing Homepage App on Facebook between today (August 19) and September 3.  It can be a special landmark, view-point or natural wonder that captures the essence of a town. On September 10, we’ll announce the top ten finalists and fans will be able to vote for their favorite on Facebook. The image with the most votes will be declared the winning picture and will be showcased on the Bing homepage (along with the talented photographer) on October 1. The winner will also receive a new Nokia Lumia 1020, 500px membership and canvas of the winning photo. But that’s not all! The same day, Bing and The Nature Conservancy will celebrate the winner’s creative contribution and hometown pride by hosting a day of service in their hometown. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their partnership with 500px to showcase great photography on Bing.  500px which is a leading photo sharing platform for aspiring and professional photographers will bring even more of the world’s great imagery to Bing’c iconic home page. In the coming months, we will highlight select images from over 2.5 million members of the 500px community thru selected parts of the Bing.com experience. As a passionate photographer myself, I am particularly excited about the platform and exposure this will provide to photographers around the world. In the meantime, go check out 500px or Bing.com. Stay tuned for further details and of course, more world class images on Bing. Source: Bing ...

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a mathematician, contemporaneous with Newton. It turns out Leibniz was also a philosopher, and there is something called the Leibniz Principle that equates to data conflation. In colloquial terms, the Leibniz Principle says, ‘If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck.’ That principle is the basis of Microsoft’s new Leibniz Platform. Currently search engines are thought of as tools to find text but Ashok Chandra, Microsoft distinguished scientist and general manager of the Interaction and Intent Group at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, believes people soon will think of search engines as “task engines.” “Search technology began with words,” says Chandra.  “We built a whole search infrastructure around words. But in this new era of search, we are working with entities, because people think in terms of them, such as a hotel, a movie, an event, a ...

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Microsoft’s Bing in UK has introduced a new way to reduce child abuse on the internet. Bing will show pop-up warnings on sites containing images of child abuse. When you do a search on child abuse, the Bing Notification Platform will inform you that the content you are trying to access is illegal with details of a counselling service. And when the user tries to access not so good images of children, they will be presented with a warning based on input compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal. The notification will also contain a link to Stopitnow.org who will be able to ...

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Microsoft today announced that they expanding the Bing People Autosuggest feature they announced few months to no.of new categories. The categories that will show up in autosuggest to include brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams, animal species and more. In order to make these distinctions, Bing utilizes an underlying technology we call Satori that understands the relationships between millions of people, places and things providing you with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. All of this computational power allows you to select the most appropriate choice in a matter of milliseconds. For example,  If you are searching for “Harry Potter” we give a variety of choices including the literary series, the character, and a selection of movie titles. Read more from the link below. Source: Bing blog ...

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In light of the political crisis in Egypt, Twitter said Wednesday it put in place a new tool to translate accounts of some prominent Egyptians into English. “As part of our experiment with tweet text translation, we’ve enabled translation for some of the most-followed accounts in Egypt, so people around the world can better understand and keep up with what’s happening there,” Twitter said in a statement. About 100 Twitter accounts are affected, including those of Mohammed Morsi, the president ousted by Egypt’s military, prominent opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei and Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim. We previously reported on Twitter testing the Bing Translator: http://microsoft-news.com/twitter-testing-bing-powered-translation-feature/ Source: WSJ (Wall Street Journal) ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Bing Ads platform will be available in Windows 8.1 Smart Search which was announced last week as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. With Windows 8.1 Smart Search, consumers can look for information across the web, device, apps and cloud. They can play, launch, view or browse items in a single tap. It is a modern search experience to allow consumers to find the information they are looking for quickly and accomplish a broad range of tasks – giving people a faster way to find, discover and do. Just like in Bing web search results, Smart Search results in Windows 8.1 will also feature Bing Ads. Bing Ads will be an integral part of this new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo! and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads ...

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Twitter confirmed it was testing a tool to automatically translate tweets using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. In the implementation, tweets appear in the original language, with the translated tweet in smaller text below it (with a powered by “Bing translator” label). “To make it easier for people around the world to connect with each other, we are beginning to experiment with Tweet text translation,” said a Twitter spokesperson. Bing provides a similar service for Facebook. Source: AllThingsD   ...

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Klout is the social reputation service everybody loves to hate, but much like the SAT test it is a de facto standard.  Bing has been a strong leader in social search, with close relationships with Facebook, Twitter, and Klout.  Today Klout announced that the number of times someone searches for you on Bing now contributes to your Klout score.  Bing search prevalence — the number of times you are searched for on Bing — will now contribute directly to your Klout Score. Search is one of the most direct indicators of real world influence and serves as a bridge between offline and online influence. This is interesting because someone could be influential but not necessarily active on social media.  As they mention in their blog post, Warren Buffet has only tweeted three times but his influence is enormous and that is reflected in Bing. Someone who is famous or influential on a topic ...

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At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

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