While we recently had an indication that Facebook is not in fact in the process of building a Facebook app for Windows RT, the above Surface ad certainly suggests such an app is in the offing. While the large Facebook live tile in the top left is suggestive, we must recall that on at least one occasion Microsoft used the logo of an app without any app being in development, that being when they used the Angry Birds logo without Rovio’s permission in a WP7 promotion. We do think in the end Facebook will have make an app for the Windows Metro environment, and they might as well come around sooner rather than later, but the tile in the ad is likely not evidence enough. Via Neowin.net ...

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Facebook has been slow in their support of the Windows 8 Metro environment, with the company not currently planning an app for the user interface. "We are constantly evaluating our strategy for supporting new platforms … as the market and consumer adoption evolves," a company official has told AdAge. While this wait and see approach could hamper early growth of the Windows RT platform, which are unable to use legacy Windows applications, it should be borne in mind that Facebook was also very slow in releasing an iPad app, and likely sees apps as a hindrance to their revenue growth due to reduce advertising opportunities on mobile interfaces. Of course there are plenty of third-party Facebook apps in the Windows 8 Store, such as Facebook Touch above, and Facebook’s reticence may simply be those developer’s windfall. Via Softpedia.com ...

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Just few weeks after winning the bid to acquire $1 Billion worth patent and patent applications owned by AOL, Microsoft today announced an agreement to sell 650 patents it won from AOL to Facebook. As part of the deal, Microsoft will retain ownership of approximately 275 AOL patents and applications; a license to the approximately 650 AOL patents and applications that will now be owned by Facebook; and a license to approximately 300 patents that AOL did not sell in its auction. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. and MENLO PARK, Calif.  —  April 23, 2012  — Microsoft Corp. and Facebook announced today a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will assign to Facebook the right to purchase a portion of the patent portfolio it recently agreed to acquire from AOL Inc. Facebook has agreed to purchase this portion for $550 million in cash. In the initial AOL auction, Microsoft secured the ability to own ...

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 Today Facebook released a beta version of its Official chat client for Windows. Messenger is a Windows is a new, trial application that lets you use Facebook without being on www.facebook.com. While you surf the web or use other applications on your computer, you can: Chat and message with your friends on Facebook See the latest updates from your friends in ticker Get quick notifications about what’s going on We’re testing out a first version of the app with a small group of people. During this trial period, we plan on rolling out changes to the app and expect outages and periods of instability as we make improvements. You can download the app here.  If you want full fledged Facebook chat client, try out Windows Live Messenger which works great. ...

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It seems Facebook is not satisfied with the third party Facebook desktop clients like Windows Live Messenger, because now they are testing their own client. The new client may not replace the web version of Facebook as a whole instead it will compliment the experience. It will offer multi-tab chat window, notifications, new news ticker stories, etc,. Obviously when you click any of the notification or stories on ticker it will open Facebook web in the browser. You can check out here for more details about the client. Source: Techcrunch ...

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The relationship between Bing and Facebook just got deeper. Facebook and Bing are already collaborating on Bing Social search results, Bing maps powering Facebook’s location services and now on Bing Translator for Facebook pages. By this new feature on Facebook, people can enjoy Facebook Page content regardless of the languages that they know, they can click translate button next to like button to do the translation in their language. The service is powered by Bing Translator/Microsoft Translator. From Facebook’s announcement, Today we launched a new translation tool that enables people to translate posts directly inline on Facebook Pages through Bing Translate. With this service, we are making it even easier for people to enjoy Page content on Facebook regardless of the languages that they know. When someone clicks on the translate button on a public Page post, a Bing translation will appear in a popout window. People then have the ...

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Facebook today announced their new TimeLine feature, and Microsoft watchers would have noticed that the Maps filter in TimeLine will show you the locations you have shared on Facebook using an embedded Bing Maps. Microsoft and Facebook have an ever deepening relationship, with Microsoft providing search in Facebook, Skype  video chat, Messaging integration with Windows Live and not the mapping service.  Microsoft is of course also a minor investor in the company, with a 4% stake. Via LiveSide.net ...

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From Facebook blog, Bring Your Conversations to Life Video chat has been around for years now, but it’s still not an everyday activity for most people. Sometimes it’s too difficult to set up, or the friends you want to talk to are on different services. So a few months ago, we started working with Skype to bring video calling to Facebook. We built it right into chat, so all your conversations start from the same place. To call your friend, just click the video call button at the top of your chat window. Talk to friends around the world right from Facebook. For those of us who have been working on this, it’s particularly exciting to bring video calling to over 750 million people. We’re making this available in over 70 different languages, so friends can stay in touch all over the world. Video calling will be available to everyone ...

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Video: Facebook Friends Now Fueling Faster Decisions on Bing Today Microsoft accidentaly posted the press release of Bing’s latest feature update. Previously Bing search results included the ‘like’ data if you have signed into Facebook and connected your account with Bing, now its much more than just the ‘like’ data. Also Bing is announcing new Bing Bar, which includes the first universal Like button, making it easy for people to like any page on the Web. Here are the list of new features coming to Bing, Liked results, answers and sites. Cut right to the good stuff, by seeing what stories, content and sites friends have liked right in the search results. Planning a trip to Napa Valley, for example, can be overwhelming with hundreds of wineries to choose from — luckily, the likes of friends can narrow the choices on which vineyards are must-sees. Personalized results. Bing personalizes the search ...

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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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Its easy to forget Windows Live is the biggest IM network in the world, with over 300 million users. Facebook however everyone has heard of, and it will serve as a bit of a reminder of WLM’s scale that it is now the 2nd biggest app on the massive social network, only second to CityVille from Zynga and ahead of the notorious Farmville. Even better, according to  AppData stats collected by newsgrange.com while WLM is on its way up, adding 300,000 over the last week, CityVille is on its way down, losing almost 600,000 users over the same period. Windows Live Messenger integrates with Facebook, allowing Facebook chat access and also updates with a much better interface than available on the website itself. Hopefully the ascendancy of the app will remind others that Microsoft still has a very relevant product. Via theNextweb.com ...

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Bing’s Facebook fan page had a huge boost from the latest marketing activity. The number of fans grew five fold from 100,000 to 500,000 (425,000 fans added in a single day exactly). The spike was due to the promotional activity run by DeepFocus on behalf of Microsoft. Ian Schafer, CEO of DeepFocus on this promotion, "We know that social environments tend to have more meaningful engagement with the Bing product,It’s important for us to engage people who are engaging with other people." Microsoft on this promotion, “Microsoft’s social media team has crafted Facebook updates designed to cater to FarmVille users. Today it sent out an update reading, “Any FarmVille fans out there? Try using Bing to get the most out of your crops and animals.” It links to a Bing search result for “FarmVille animals.” The update drew 585 comments in four hours and 20,000 click-throughs.” Liz Tassey Gerber, group ...

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Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft is making smart moves to one up the current market leader Google. 1) Bing which has very deep relationship with Facebook has extended “Liked Results” to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US. So whenever you search for an item, you will find the social impact on the query. 2) Bing’s travel vertical gets a small  update which might be handy if you are a frequent traveller. “With Autosuggest Flight Prices natural language capabilities, you can simply type “Fly to Chicago” or “Chicago Flights” and Bing will immediately recognize where you are, in this case Seattle, and instantaneously display the Price Predictor based on your location.” 3) Bing hasn’t made this feature official, but this feature is realised by users across the world. When you search for items like movie name for example, Bing ...

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Microsoft’s Hotmail team today announced that the Facebook Chat integration in Hotmail rolls out worldwide. Last year, Microsoft started their integration with Facebook which allows Hotmail, Messenger users to connect their accounts with their Facebook accounts. After the connection, the users can chat with their Facebook friends as a normal messenger friend inside both Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail. It works handy to connect with your Facebook friends when your workplace/academic institution has blocked Facebook but have access to Hotmail. More details here. ...

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