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Microsoft announced that it will now include information from Twitter and Facebook in its Bing search results. The announcement was the first of its kind, and positioned Microsoft ahead of Google in one category of search technology, but only for a short moment, as later in the day, Google announced that it will also include Twitter data in its search results. With the most popular search engine now on board, real-time search is set to be especially useful for everyday users looking for up to the minute information.

The Twitter news wasn’t the only revelation on Google’s agenda, as the search giant unveiled plans for a music search service. Dubbed OneBox, the new offering will provide music streams in search results and give users the ability to stream searched songs free and easy through services like Lala.com and iLike.com. The world will get a better look at Google’s OneBox next week when the service is launched.

Microsoft’s Windows 7 hits stores today. The company hopes the new operating system will erase the bad taste Vista left in many users mouths. In an effort to build a more tactile OS, Microsoft reportedly decided to forgo bundling Windows 7 with a bevy of new features, choosing rather to iron out the kinks for a better user experience. With Vista only running on 1/3 of corporate Microsoft’s corporate systems, the company hopes that Windows 7 will be viewed as an essential upgrade for companies still running Windows XP.

Facebook is also getting into the music game. The social network will, like Google, also use Lala.com to power music streams inside its network. The new service will allow users to gift songs to friends through Lala.com for as little as $0.10 a song, while $1.00 will give the user the ability to download the song without any DRM attachments.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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