Bing News Gets Easy Way To Spot Trending Stories On Twitter & Facebook

bing-news-featured What are the top stories being shared on Facebook and Twitter? There's a new way to get a sense of that. Bing News got a makeover today, including new "Trending" boxes that show news content that's popular on both of those social networks. Bing News Now Features Trending Topics From Facebook & Twitter on Marketing Land had the drill-down on the new features, so check it out. [...]


Bing Desktop Gets Inline Search, Updated Apps & Facebook Notifications

bing-logo Bing Desktop launched a number of features today, including inline search capabilities, a new weather app, updated news apps, and Facebook notifications. Bing's new inline search allows users to search directly from a webpage, word document or PDF file without having to open a Web browser. After highlighting a word or phrase, a user can click the Bing icon to receive search result previews in a separate window. [caption id="attachment_162364" align="aligncenter" width="347"] Bing's Inline Search[/caption] Bing Desktop also released a new real-time weather app, and updated their news a [...]


Bing News Adds Visual Carousel & Searches Years Back (Not Just Two Weeks)

bing-b-logo Bing announced they have added a new visual way to consume news on Bing News. Now, for searches on notable people, Bing will return an image carousel at the top. Plus, you will also see on the right-hand side of the page related people to the person you searched for. Here is an example of the image carousel on Bing News: This looks very similar to Google's knowledge graph carousel which launched in August of last year. Bing News also added the ability to see news results for queries that have no fresh news. If Bing News cannot find fresh content within the past two weeks, Bing [...]


Bing Launched Elections Portal: Filter News By Party, Social Integration, Maps & More

bing-elections Bing announced on their search blog a new portal for tracking the US Presidential Elections at bing.com/elections. The portal has some nice search features, such as the ability to filter news sources by your political views. The downside of this news filter is that only specific news outlets are included, such as Politico, Real Clear Politics, The Cook Political Report, Huffington Post and Associated Press. But nevertheless, it is nice to be able to filter your news sources and stories by political view. Bing has this slider that lets you change the stories to be more left or right wing [...]


Bing News Expands To Your Facebook Feed With Customizable App

bing-logo Bing News wants to be your go-to place for finding out what's going on in the world today, whether it be the sports world, financial world, or your local world. But social media -- and Facebook, especially -- is where a lot of us find and share important links and headlines. So how does Bing become a bigger part of the news discovery experience on Facebook? There's an app for that. Bing has announced a new My Bing News Facebook app that essentially brings Bing News search to your Facebook experience. My Bing News is a customizable news page that lives on Facebook and lets users sub [...]


Bing Previews Rich Search Experience For Windows 8

Windows 8 is almost ready to hit the market. When it does it appears that it will deliver a new more "immersive" search experience, via Bing. In the video at the bottom of this page, Microsoft's Stefan Weitz demonstrates that new experience on a Microsoft Windows 8 tablet (presumably a Surface device). Windows 8 Bing appears to be very fast and it's highly visual, one of the most appealing aspects of the Bing experience. From my vicarious perusal of the materials the most compelling new feature appears to be what Microsoft/Bing is calling "snap." Initially, search results appear in a gri [...]


Bing News Adds Tweets To News Results

Bing has added tweets from Twitter on the Bing News search results pages. The tweets are public updates from the Twitter stream related to the news query. For example, search for [japan] on Bing News and you will see a box on the right that says "Public updates for japan." You can pause the stream of tweets, if you want to slow down the stream. You can also click through to read the tweet by the Twitter user directly on Twitter.com. Finally, you can click on the "more updates" link to be taken to Bing's Social Search results for that query. Min-John (MJ) Lee, Senior Program Manager [...]


Redesigned Bing Bar Toolbar More Like A “Dashboard”

Bing is introducing a totally redesigned version of its toolbar, called the "Bing Bar." Apparently it has been "rebuilt from the ground up," says Microsoft's Stefan Weitz. Indeed, it operates more like a kind of "dashboard" than a conventional toolbar with links to various sites. And yes, the Bing Rewards loyalty program is still in force. The new toolbar, which is graphically more pleasing to look at than a conventional toolbar, enables users to get lots of different types of information via drop-down windows: news, weather, maps, multiple email accounts, movies, games and so on -- in addi [...]


Microsoft: 53 Percent Of Mobile Searches Have Local Intent

Get out your slides, this is a great statistic: 53 percent of mobile searches on Bing have a local intent. This was casually told to me yesterday by Microsoft's Stefan Weitz during a briefing call about a dozen other things. I stopped him and made him repeat and confirm the number. He did. It's from Microsoft's internal analysis of their mobile search query data. There are a few other local search numbers floating around that get frequently cited. A big one is Google's "20% of search is related to location." This is a PC-centric estimate by Google that excludes some of the gray areas where [...]


Dear Bing, We Have 10,000 Ranking Signals To Your 1,000. Love, Google

Back in October, Bing announced that it uses over 1,000 signals used to determine how to rank pages. Google has typically quoted using more than 200. Game on! I predicted Google would quickly find a way to match Bing's figure. Yesterday, it did. Google's 200 Factors For several years now, Google has said that it uses more than 200 signals to rank pages. The figure has been designed to explain the complexity of deciding what pages show up first, but never as some type of "bragging" rights of having a more complicated algorithm. Schmidt: Listing Google’s 200 Ranking Factors Would Reveal Busi [...]


Thoughts On A “Killer” Bing-News Corp Deal & The Myth Of An “OPEC For News”

It's back, the prospect that Microsoft might try to make Rupert Murdoch happy by offering a "get listed with Bing" exclusive deal. Later, I'll revisit the topic in a coordinated fashion. But for now, I've collected a number of thoughts I've put out on Twitter, in blog comments and elsewhere. First, I'll point readers back to my post from earlier this month, Why An Exclusive Wall Street Journal (or News Corp) Deal Wouldn’t Help Bing. I still suspect that News Corp’s most valuable news content of all its properties remains the Wall Street Journal. So what happens if the WSJ is out of G [...]


Why An Exclusive Wall Street Journal (or News Corp) Deal Wouldn’t Help Bing

With Rupert Murdoch talking about blocking Google, Jason Calacanis suggests that Murdoch should cut an exclusive deal with Bing. If that doesn't kill Google, it might at least win Bing a 10% search share or more within 6 months, he argues. I suggest Jason needs a reality check. Here's one for him. From his post today, Jason writes: I put forth a simple strategy for Microsoft to pursue with Bing in which they would go to content providers like the New York Times or Wall Street Journal and offer them 50% more revenue then they are currently getting from Google search referrals to be exclusiv [...]


Yahoo News Was Top Destination For Michael Jackson News

Yahoo News was the web's number one choice last week for information about the death of entertainer Michael Jackson. In a post on the Hitwise blog, Heather Dougherty shows a chart detailing how the major online News & Media sites fared: Late last week I wrote about how each of the major search engines handled the extraordinary search activity that followed the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett on the same day. Yahoo is in a unique situation as an actual content provider with writers and editors, and some of those staffers were called in from home to help Yahoo cover the break [...]


Live Search News Adds Email Alerts

The Live Search Blog announced the addition of email alerts for Live Search News. Live Search had RSS results for a while, but did not have a way to subscribe to news alerts via email. Live Search now gives you the ability to get these alerts via email either once a day, twice a day or weekly and you can subscribe by section or by search phrase. To start getting news in your inbox from Live Search, go to Live Search News. Then, click on where it says "News alerts" and a menu will open up. You will need a Windows Live login and then you specify the email alerts you want. Here is a pict [...]


Microsoft Adds RSS To Live Search News

The Live Search Blog announced the much requested addition of RSS to Live Search News. A little over a week ago Microsoft launched Live Search News, and one of the biggest feature requests off the bat was an RSS option. 9 days later, Microsoft has added the RSS icon to all the pages, including the home page, category pages, and news search result pages. It is important to note that the pages are not auto-discovering RSS, so you will need to copy the RSS URL for each of your subscription requests. Danny has additional information on Live Search News from last week. [...]


Live Search News: MSNBot, Products Launches And Deep Links Appear

Microsoft's MSNBot is doing more crawling these days and is alerting webmasters accordingly to revisit robots.txt files. More detail can be found on the Live Search Webmaster blog. In other news, Live Search blogs officially talked about its version of sitelinks that first appeared back in September (and see here). Here's an example of the links, which judging from how the post is tagged on the Live Search blog, might be called "deep links" by the team internally: Finally, LiveSide posts about the arrival of Live Search products (which I thought already existed). This is a dedicated compa [...]


More On Microsoft Live Search News

Earlier we reported about the new Microsoft Live Search News being launched. The Official Live Search blog has posted about the revamp. Below are are more details about the service and how it works. News search isn't new to Microsoft. The company has long offered it, but when I reviewed it last year, it left much to be desired: You can have a pass on using Live news search over Google. That's because it doesn't seem to hit as many sources as Google but rather sticks with large, mainstream media. The new release aims to correct the disappointment. "Our news search sort of languished ov [...]


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