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Microsoft Bing starts predicting outcome of ‘The Voice’ and other shows using search and social data

Can a search engine tell you the outcome of your favorite TV competition before it even happens? Microsoft believes it can. The company this morning is launching a new feature for its Bing search engine that analyzes search queries and data from social networks to predict the winners and losers of television shows in which the outcome… Read More

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Microsoft Bing rolls out personalized cards, integrated with Cortana, competing with Google Now and Siri

They’re not calling it “Bing Now,” but a new service just announced by Microsoft will feel very familiar to some Google users. “Starting today, we are unveiling a set of personalized cards on the Bing homepage that will help you keep track of things that matter to you. Set up your interests in Bing settings and you will start… Read More

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Internal memo: Microsoft names leaders for key Applications & Services Group

Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green’s shift to the company’s Applications & Services Group is part of a broader series of leadership changes announced this week for the division that includes Microsoft Office, Bing, Skype and other well-known apps and online services. Qi Lu, the executive vice president who leads “ASG,” as it’s known, sent out a… Read More

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Need to know how much a Bitcoin is worth? Ask Bing

Microsoft announced today that Bing is now capable of currency conversions with Bitcoin. To figure out how much a Bitcoin is worth in a particular currency or how much of a Bitcoin it’s possible to afford with a given amount of money, just use “btc” in currency conversions in place of another currency. For example,… Read More

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Report: Yahoo needs Microsoft more than it wants to admit

While CEO Marissa Mayer has been critical of Yahoo’s deal with Microsoft, it seems like the partnership may be more beneficial to the company than originally revealed. Bloomberg reported today that revenue from Microsoft’s search partnership with the Sunnyvale-based company made up 31 percent of Yahoo’s quarterly revenue, according to a new letter the company… Read More

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Bing update changes how you search for music videos

The days of watching music videos through the tube on MTV are long gone. Now, most of those clips are uploaded online, and Bing wants to make it easier for you to find them. Microsoft’s search engine today debuted a new update that surfaces music videos when users conduct a video search for musicians, songs or… Read More

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Microsoft Bing tests ‘Hero’ ads in Windows 8.1 search results, jousting with Google

Microsoft Bing is piloting a new form of search advertising in Windows 8.1 — allowing advertisers to promote themselves with bold photography, custom links and other visual elements when users search for the names of their brands. The “Hero Ads,” unveiled today, blend elements of display and search advertising. They are being tested by advertisers including Land… Read More

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Court filing: Yahoo tried to put the brakes on Microsoft deal amid Ballmer transition

The search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo is getting even frostier: Newly released court records show that Yahoo is questioning Microsoft’s long-term commitment to the deal as Steve Ballmer prepares to leave his role as CEO of the Redmond company. Despite those qualms, Yahoo must continue with the transition to Microsoft’s Bing Ads technology in Taiwan… Read More

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Study says Google wins ‘Bing it On’ challenge; Microsoft calls findings ‘unfair’

A law professor is giving Microsoft a statistical smackdown over its “Bing it On” search challenge, but the company isn’t going down without a fight. Ian Ayers of Yale Law School is challenging Microsoft’s claims about its “Bing it On Challenge,” the blind “taste test” that pits Google vs. Bing to determine which search engine’s… Read More

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Microsoft Bing adds another Pinterest feature to image search, hints at more social integration

For the second time this year, Bing has added a Pinterest feature to its image search. Now when you search for certain topics on Bing images, Pinterest boards will show up on the right hand panel as “Image collections.” For example, when you search for “Halloween decorating ideas,” on Bing now, Pinterest boards created by… Read More

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Poll: What do you think of the new Bing logo?

Microsoft’s Bing is still far behind Google. Can a new logo help? Microsoft hopes so, and they’ve just rolled a new logo and design for their search brand, part of a “new, more modern era for Bing.” In addition to the new logo, Bing also is rolling out what it calls a more “modern” experience,… Read More

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Microsoft hammers Google over ads in schools

The Scrooglers have struck again. First it was Google Shopping, then came Gmail which was followed by Google Play. Now, Microsoft’s latest attack on Google comes in the form of education. The new Scroogled campaign is timed with Microsoft’s debut of Bing for Schools, a program allowing schools across the country to use an ad-free version of Bing that comes… Read More

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Microsoft awarding free Surface tablets with new ad-free ‘Bing for Schools’ initiative

Use Bing, receive free Surface tablets. That’s the winning formula for the 800,000 students participating in Microsoft’s new “Bing for Schools” pilot initiative that officially launched for K-12 schools today. The program allows schools across the country to use an ad-free version of Bing that comes with added privacy protections and filtering tailored for students. Students… Read More