Google is not a search engine, it is a highly specialized direct response advertising engine purpose-built to translate the value of ‘intention’ into wealth for Google (Alphabet) shareholders. It is optimized to put the right ad in front of the right person at the right time. In other words, it is ‘rigged’ to optimize revenue - all other considerations are secondary. Let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Continue Reading →
Microsoft on Wednesday updated Bing with a very interesting new feature that builds on its investments in entity and conversational understanding. In short, you can now ask follow-up questions that reference your previous question. For example, Microsoft says that after asking “who is the president of the united states” and getting back the answer “Barack Continue Reading →
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Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling by Europe’s top court. The company has asked European residents, who want Microsoft to block search results that show on Bing in response to searches of their names, to fill up a four-part Continue Reading →
Ready for an update from the no-surprise department? Microsoft isn’t keen to sell either its Xbox or search businesses. On Tuesday at the CODE Conference Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that he has no intention to divest Bing, the company’s search property, or Xbox, its gaming and living-room play. This should come as precisely no Continue Reading →
Microsoft is rolling out a custom version of Bing this week tailored specifically for classrooms. School administrators can enable an ad-free version of Bing with always-on SafeSearch — Microsoft’s web security and adult content filtering — and daily literacy lesson plans. A pilot program kicked off last August and more than 4.5 million children in Continue Reading →
The U.S. technology giant Microsoft has rejected allegations that its Bing search engine censors Chinese language results for users in the United States. Bing on Wednesday denied the censorship accusations. In a statement, Bing said it does not apply China’s legal requirements to searches conducted outside of China. It did acknowledge, however, that an error Continue Reading →
Foursquare is getting some help from Microsoft as it seeks to turn its location-based mobile app into a sustainable business. Microsoft has invested $15 million and agreed to a strategic partnership with the New York-based startup, Chief Executive Dennis Crowley said in an interview. The investment will be added to the $35 million investment round Continue Reading →
Windows Phone’s default search engine is, of course, Microsoft’s Bing, and yet almost half of customers who own a WP handset don’t seem to use it. According to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, only 52% of Windows Phone users relied on Bing for their mobile searches in he fourth quarter of 2013. Reportedly, the rest Continue Reading →
Microsoft on Thursday released a massive update to Bing that surfaces various new types of content directly in search results. The list includes TED talks, famous speeches, national anthems, online courses, university comparisons, scientific concepts, historic events, related people, animal subspecies, as well as app and software downloads. Here’s a quick rundown of all these Continue Reading →
Yahoo! agreed to disclose more details on its revenue tied to search and display advertising after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sent letters to the company asking for clarification. The company outlined the portion of revenue it gets from a search agreement with Microsoft, following inquires stretching back several months, according to new regulatory Continue Reading →