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How’s that search alliance working out? Yahoo’s U.S. search share hits all-time low as Microsoft Bing grows

Yahoo just can’t catch a break. ComScore’s new U.S. search market share numbers for June will show that the company’s piece of the market has shrunk to what one analyst calls an all-time low, according to a report by Search Engine Land. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company had 9.8 percent of the search market last month, which puts… Read More

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Microsoft Bing beats Google in World Cup predictions

Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology was perfect in the World Cup knockout stage — depending on how you look at it. Bing was 15 for 15 in picking the winners of each knockout match, including Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina in today’s final. But Microsoft incorrectly predicted that Brazil would beat the Netherlands in Saturday’s rather… Read More

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Microsoft Bing’s flawless World Cup prediction engine picks Germany to win it all

Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine continued its incredible performance in the World Cup, correctly picking Argentina to win over Netherlands in today’s rather boring semifinal matchup. That brings Bing’s streak to 14 — yes, Microsoft has been spot on with every single knockout round match thus far in the World Cup. If you’re finally convinced that Bing is… Read More

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Microsoft Bing’s prediction technology is 13-0 in the World Cup knockout round

Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine was not impressive in the World Cup group stage, correctly picking 60 percent of the winning teams that advanced. But its performance in the knockout round has been perfect — literally. Bing is 13-0 thus far in the elimination stage of the World Cup, most recently predicting a Germany win over Brazil (The Germans ended… Read More

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Microsoft’s Cortana, expert World Cup predictor, picks Belgium to beat USA

Microsoft’s prediction technology has been perfect thus far in the World Cup knockout round, correctly picking Holland, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, and most recently France, as winners. But Americans will hope that Microsoft’s pick for Tuesday’s big U.S. soccer match against Belgium is flat out wrong. Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine, which had a success rate of… Read More

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Bing now shows Twitter hashtag, handle results directly within search

Three years ago, Microsoft was at odds with Twitter in regard to including tweets in Bing search results. Now, though, it seems those issues have officially gone away. Bing is now featuring Twitter hashtags and handles in its results as part of its exclusive partnership with the social media giant that was inked last November. Certain content from Twitter was already showing… Read More

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How Microsoft Bing is doing with its World Cup predictions

It’s harder to forecast World Cup matches than reality TV contests, it turns out. Microsoft Bing’s prediction engine, which was dead-on its past predictions for The Voice and Dancing with the Stars, is emerging from the group stage of the World Cup with a record of 29 accurate predictions and 19 misses, for a success rate of 60 percent. All in… Read More

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Clintons using Microsoft ‘Bing Pulse’ for real-time audience voting at annual meeting

  Microsoft’s Bing Pulse real-time audience survey tool is expanding to in-person live events with the help of Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. The Clinton Global Initiative America conference, taking place right now in Denver, Colo., will use the Microsoft tool to gauge audience sentiment in person and watching online during two sessions, on the topics of… Read More

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Can a search engine predict the World Cup? Microsoft Bing is giving it a try

Microsoft’s Bing search engine, after using data to successfully forecast the results of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and The Voice, will now test its predictive abilities on a contest with an even more passionate fan base: The World Cup. Yes, the company is expanding its “Bing Predicts” initiative to the beautiful game, and hoping for a similar result. Microsoft launched the… Read More

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Bill Gates ‘absolutely’ supports spinning off Xbox biz, but Microsoft committed to gaming unit

Bill Gates may have voiced support for selling off Microsoft’s Xbox business, but the Redmond giant is making sure customers understand its commitment to the gaming platform. When asked in an interview with FOX News if he would support a decision to spin off the Xbox arm, Gates replied “absolutely.” But Microsoft quickly put any PR… Read More

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Microsoft hopes to move students away from Google with ad-free version of Bing

Microsoft has rolled out a custom Bing search engine for schools, allowing administrators to enable an ad-free version of Bing with privacy controls and filters that block adult content. Microsoft first debuted this program in August — back then it was called “Bing for Schools” — to 4.5 million students in a select number of schools, but now is… Read More

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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