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Can Facebook Crack Search - Without Bing?

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Facebook has quietly stopped including Microsoft Bing search results on its social networking site, Reuters first confirmed. Instead, the social network has revamped its own search offering with a new tool it claims makes it easier for users to filter and search through comments and other information from friends.

On one hand users might find the change limiting. Now, when they use the search bar they are not taken outside of Facebook for results. On the other, the tool is more robust than previous Facebook offerings — and besides, there is always Google for straightforward search.

That, however, may change again as Facebook ramps up its search tool set. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said search is a growth initiative for Facebook. And as the company's push into mobile has shown over the last few years, once Facebook identifies a growth sector it goes after it.

Search, though, is a very different animal than mobile.

Microsoft Soups Up Office Online with Contextual Search

2014-11-December-Tall-Bicycle.jpgNo one likes dumb anything, least of all technology companies. In a move to smarten-up Hangouts, Google added "smart" suggestions yesterday. Microsoft is on the case as well, making its Office Online app a lot smarter with the addition of contextualized Bing search into documents.

If that sounds complicated, it’s not. The new feature, called Insights for Office, lets users search for information from an inline search box inside a document. The answers include information scraped from Bing Snapshot, Bing Image Search and Wikipedia, among others.

Microsoft Wants to Own You [Video]

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a strong record of delivering on his promises and we’re now beginning to see what that looks like. While we’ve already told you a great deal about the company’s recent advances in big data, OneDrive, Office 365, AzurePowerBI, predictive analytics and Cortana + Bing, this week we’re getting a peek at how the company’s productivity apps might work in its mobile-first, cloud-first world.

We predict that they’ll be like spokes on a wheel with the individual in the center, thereby eliminating silos between our professional and personal lives.

After all, the generation of workers that brought Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) into the workplace isn’t going to want to toggle between roles.

Why Microsoft's Cortana is 14 for 14 Calling World Cup Matches

2014-11-July-Paul-the-Octopus-Hat.jpgUpdate: Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win the 2014 World Cup at Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro yesterday — boosting Cortana's record to 15 for 15.

Celebrity data scientist Nate Silver, take a seat. You too Google, machine learning gods.

Microsoft’s Cortana, the Siri equivalent on the Windows phone, has called every FIFA World Cup elimination round match correctly. That’s right, she’s 14 for 14.

On Wednesday she correctly predicted that Argentina would beat the Netherlands. In Tuesday’s game she said that Germany would beat Brazil. And as you keep going back through each game in the elimination round, you’ll see that she was right over and over again.

News Bites: Google's Enhanced E-Commerce, Foko Desktop, More

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Google enhances e-commerce, Apple defaults to Bing and Foko goes desktop. Plus, customers most value efficiency and there's a new Neo.

Here's a sample of the latest news.

Windows 8.1 Update Goes Live Today

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Apple's latest operating system (OS) update, expected to be released next week, is called Mavericks.

Google's soon-to-be-released Android OS update will be called KitKat.

What is Microsoft calling its super-important Windows update that is supposed to motivate the world to migrate? Ah, Windows 8.1.  So deal with it. Aside from an uncreative name, here is what you can expect from today's launch.  

Is Blippex the Next Big Search Engine?

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Meet Blippex. While it's not yet used as a verb, it is being regarded as a contender in the search engine market. But not because it's the next Google. 

The Google Versus Bing Experience

Google is focused on reducing distractions whereas Bing seems focused on providing them.

Bing Ups the Search Engine Ante with Smarter Searches, Updated Design

Microsoft is upping the ante in its search war with Google, adding new features and an updated look for its Bing search service.

Bing News Updates to Showcase Trending Stories

Keeping track of popular stories and social posts is getting a bit easier with Bing. The Microsoft-owned search engine’s news section has added a trending feature.

Google Boosts Search With In-Depth Article Results

When users search for information, they are often after a definitive answer on a topic or term. Rather than wading through the search results, Google now offers curated answers via top articles to help enlighten the world. 

Five Cool Things From Microsoft's Build Keynote #bldwin

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While the release of Windows 8.1 was the biggie at Microsoft's first keynote, there was lots of other smart, useful or fun features, either as part of Windows or from other areas, that are coming developers and users way as part of Microsoft's future plans. 

 

Windows 8.1 Preview Goes Live as Build 2013 Keynote Kicks Off

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The MSDN developer site looks like it can't handle the demand to watch Steve Ballmer and co show off the latest Windows wares and developer news. However, the Windows 8.1 Blue preview version is now available to download.

Bing Updates Social Sidebar with Facebook Integration

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Keeping track of important Facebook updates can be a tedious process, especially if a person has a lot of contacts, but Bing aims to make this easier by integrating Facebook into its social sidebar tool.

Klout Adding Clout to Bing's Search Results With Detailed Answers

klout_logo_2011.jpgHave you been building up your Klout score through social activity, informative posts and connections? If so, you could be a Klout Expert, someone wise enough to get your content to the top of search engines thanks to a new initiative by the measuring company. 

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