European Commission started its anti-trust investigations against Google few years back and Google tried to convince EU couple of times with its new proposals and failed miserably. Today, EC announced that it has obtained an improved commitments proposal from Google in the context of the ongoing antitrust investigation on online search and search advertising. In its proposal, Google has now accepted to guarantee that whenever it promotes its own specialised search services on its web page (e.g. for products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals, selected through an objective method, will also be displayed in a way that is clearly visible to users and comparable to the way in which Google displays its own services. This principle will apply not only for existing specialised search services, but also to changes in the presentation of those services and for future services. Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy, Joaquín Almunia ...

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Recode today revealed that Microsoft’s Vice President of US Advertising Sales Keith Lorizio is leaving the company. Keith joined Microsoft in 2006 from Yahoo where he was heading Advertising sales team. For the past 8 years at Microsoft, Keith helped building a strong US sales team. Frank Holland, the CVP for Microsoft’s Advertising and Online businesses and Eric Dahlberg, the director of U.S. network & exchange sales for Microsoft Advertising sent internal memos regarding Keith’s departure. From: Frank Holland Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 2:45 PM To: A&O US Sales FTE Cc: Barry Dougan; Frank Holland Direct Reports Subject: A&O US Sales Leadership Announcement Team, I am writing to inform you that Keith Lorizio is no longer with Microsoft. I would like to thank Keith for his leadership and contribution to the US Sales team, and his role in building up a sales org with such extraordinary talent and potential over the last ...

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  Microsoft today announced that they are expanding their Bing Rewards program to mobile in the US. Users can now start using Bing apps to earn rewards points. You can earn credits by searching every day and then redeem them for great rewards including gift cards from top brands such as Amazon.com, Xbox, Skype, Fandango, and Dominos or donate your credits to a local school or charity of your choice. It is a great way to earn some perks for searching the web which you will do anyway everyday. How does it work? Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional ...

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if you are in the US, you must be looking forward to the upcoming match between Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Microsoft Bing team analyzed their search results to get a sense for what is on people’s minds ahead of the game. One of the interesting stat they found is that, Seattle capturing searches in 33 states and Denver capturing the remaining 17. You can see the image image to visualize this data. From Bing blog, As we gear up for the game, people are inevitably comparing the two quarterbacks. Let’s look at the match-up. Are you Team Manning or Team Wilson? Of the two, veteran quarterback Manning was the fan favorite capturing 72% of searches since the Division Championships. Though Seattle Seahawks fans can take heart because their namesake team received 26% more searches than the Denver Broncos. Richard Shermangrabbed the attention of the nation, as ...

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  For the second year in a row, Microsoft Bing teams is partnering with Fox News for delivering real-time opinions of the State of the Union address. Bing Pulse allows people to share their opinion of the State of the Union by “voting” every five seconds on their reactions to the content of the speech. You can go to Bing.com/politics from a computer, tablet or mobile device to connect with the poll while watching the president’s address or Republican response on television or through a live feed on the Bing.com/politics hub. Find full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 27, 2014 — Bing.com and FOX News Channel (FNC) are teaming up again on the Bing Pulse online voting tool for the State of the Union address and Republican response on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m. EST. The first-of-its-kind technology, which was introduced during the 2013 State of the Union, ...

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Microsoft Bing announced the launch of Bing.com/awards, an awards season resource guide for consumers last month. It offers an interactive look at the 2014 award season including Golden Globes, the Grammy’s and the Oscars. Microsoft then said that the site will be updated periodically as the award season progresses. As Grammys 2014 got over yesterday, Bing.com/awards has now highlighted some performances from the event. The night was kicked off by a glamorous red carpet and one of the biggest color trends of the night was metallic. Taylor Swift’s silver Gucci gown captured 70% of the searches followed by Chrissy Teigen, Ciara, and Rita Ora who rocked the gold and silver look as well. The searches continued throughout the night as the audience was treated to performances that ranged from heavy metal to old-school country and everything in between. No surprise though, it was Katy Perry’s dark and magical performance of “Dark Horses” ...

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Microsoft is often labelled as a packaged software vendor to Enterprises and OEMs in the media. They are largely ignored as an owner of various web properties that come in most visited lists. comScore recently released their monthly ranking of U.S. desktop web activity at the top online properties for December 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Yahoo Sites came at top in the Top 50 Properties (Desktop Only) with over 195 million unique visitors followed by Google at No.2 with 192 million unique visitors. Microsoft came at No.3 position with 175 million unique visitors. Microsoft’s web properties includes MSN web portal, Bing search engine, Outlook/Hotmail, Skype and other official websites like Xbox.com, Microsoft.com, etc. To put Microsoft numbers in comparison, Facebook and AOL which are primarily web companies trails behind Microsoft in this list. Source: comScore ...

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Microsoft Bing team has today updated their Translator app for Windows devices in Store. The new update now brings in the same speech-to-speech functionality that Bing Translator app for Windows Phone 8 users already have. Also there are now some other new features and improvements. Read it below. Now users can leverage the power of speech-to-speech translations from any Windows device. Simply speak into your device by using the microphone feature to place orders or ask for directions, and hear the translated words in a native speaker’s accent. In addition to speech input, this new release of the Translator app now offers users the option to use the camera feature in both portrait and landscape mode. Simply point your camera, scan and translate printed language using your tablet or PC to create subtitles for everyday life. Download the app here from Windows Store for free. ...

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During Golden Globes awards today, Microsoft aired two of its commercials on TV. One was the Bing Heroic Women of 2013 ad which you can watch above. These heroic women show what spirit, courage, and perseverance can achieve. May their bravery inspire us in 2014 and beyond. http://bing.com/heroicwomen The second one was more product oriented showing availability of Windows across devices. From the phone that can outshoot many cameras to the All-In-One desktop that doesn’t need a desk, the new Windows gives you the same great experience on every device in your life. ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced the launch of Bing.com/awards, an awards season resource guide for consumers. It offers an interactive look at the 2014 award season including Golden Globes, the Grammy’s and the Oscars. The site will be updated periodically as the award season progresses. First up is an inside look at the Golden Globes, background on the nominees, and a glimpse into the history as well as ideas and tips for planning the perfect Golden Globes viewing party. Be sure to check out the predictions for who may prevail based on the spikes in Bing searches following the nominee announcements. Based on Bing search data, look for big things from Bradley Cooper on Sunday at the Golden Globes. Following Coopers’ nomination for Golden Globe’s Best Supporting Actor in American Hustle, searches for the actor were dramatically higher than the other nominees in his category, capturing 90% of all the searches among ...

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One demographic Bing has been lacking in is getting more women to use its service.  The company is trying to change and has put together a new ad about ‘heroic women’ and their contributions in 2013.  The ad is airing on tv in many markets over new years eve. The ad features the Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave” seen in many Windows marketing “honestly” campaigns.  Now we have seen feminists get angry when Microsoft makes Xbox ads that appeal to men.  However, as a man I am in no way offended by this ad that appeals to women and hope to see the company do more in the future. The ad features a number of women including: Malala Yousafzai Who stood up to educate us all. After surviving an assassination attempt, she arose stronger than ever.  In 2013 she addressed the UN, was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and, at ...

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Microsoft recently published the Bing Search Trends report for 2013 in India. Bing’s Top Search Trends revealed that Bollywood celebrities dominated the most searched persons list. Microsoft also revealed that cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was the most searched sporting person. Find the list below for more details. Most Searched Persons: 1 Salman Khan 2 Shahrukh Khan 3 Katrina Kaif 4 Sachin Tendulkar 5 Deepika Padukone 6 Priyanka Chopra 7 Kareena Kapoor 8 Akshay Kumar 9 Ranbir Kapoor 10 Vidya Balan Most Searched Songs: 1 Lungi dance – Chennai Express 2 Party on my mind – Race 2 3 Challa – Jab Tak Hai Jaan 4 Ambarsariya – Fukrey 5 Batmeez dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 6 Gulabi – Shuddh Desi Romance 7 Tum tak – Raanjhanaa 8 Zinda – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 9 Dil tu hi bata – Krrish 3 10 Sawaar loon – Lootera Most Searched Movies: 1 ...

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The Bing Team wrote a nice blog post titled “Entities, Apps, and Maps.”  In the last paragraph the team talks about what they see in the future of Bing Maps: Moving into the future, entity knowledge will greatly enhance our mapping experiences. While our Bing Maps Preview app already takes advantage of Satori to deliver smart features like Local Scout, we have a vision for maps where everything is annotated with useful information: what buildings are called, what stores are in them, how to get in touch with those stores and when they are open. Much of this exists today in our current experiences, but further integrating entity knowledge into maps will transform digital maps from the visual representation they are today to a deep model of what the world is like. Another element of how maps and entities will converge is putting map-construction technology in the hands of our ...

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The Bing team took a look back at Bing’s growth in 2013: The Best Video Selection on the Web Because we know that video on the web is more than YouTube, Bing Video showcases leading web video services such as Vevo, Hulu, Daily Motion, CBS, MSN, MTV, Vimeo, and more (and yes, YouTube also!) Looks like you agree with us, as your activity on Bing Video more than doubled in 2013 year over year. Now That’s A Lot of Data If you were to line up pixels from all of the aerial imagery that make up Bing Maps, you could make four round trips to Venus with pixels to spare. Drinking from the Social Fire Hose For every search, we believe there’s someone out there who can help. So, whether you want to see what your colleagues Facebooked for lunch, or you need to know what Lady Gaga just tweeted, ...

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Microsoft added this new Bing Snapshot experience which provides direct information about the entities that you search for, e.g., people, places, and things, based on their understanding of those entities and their relationships stored in Bing’s knowledge repository called Satori. Today, Bing team has added a bunch of new entities that are now part of the Snapshot experience. The following entities are now available in Bing Snapshot experience, Discover TED Talks Listen to Famous Speeches and National Anthems Instantly Learn More with Online Courses See How Universities Stack Up Explore Scientific Concepts at a Glance A Quick View of Historic Events Explore More with Related People Animal Research Made Easy Ask Bing Luckily Find App and Software Downloads Read more about them in detail in the link below. Better read them to make Bing more useful to you. Source: Bing ...

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Given some of Marrissa Mayers recent comments about the Yahoo/Bing search alliance, you may have believed that the money Yahoo was receiving from Microsoft amounted to a rounding error on the accountant’s spreadsheet.  But perception does not appear to be in line with reality as it was revealed today that the revenue from Microsoft accounted for nearly 1/3 of Yahoo’s revenue last quarter! I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that is much more than anyone expected.  Yahoo reported that it had $1.139 billion in revenue last quarter (GAAP), which means Microsoft gave Yahoo around $353 million as part of the search alliance. Yahoo agreed to disclose more details on its revenue tied to search and display advertising after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent letters to the company asking for clarification.  The company outlined the portion of revenue it gets from a search agreement with ...

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