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Twitter launches translate feature in iOS app powered by Bing

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Twitter has launched a new feature to its iOS app that supports tweet translation. The translation features are powered by Bing Translate. The app will have the ability to figure out if a tweet that has been posted is in a different language from the existing default. Users will be prompted to click on a translation.
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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) launches “Bing In The Classroom”

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has launched a classroom-specific version of the Bing search engine on Tuesday called “Bing in the Classroom.” This version of the search engine is ad-free and has privacy controls.
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Microsoft is using Bing search data to determine reality show outcomes

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Microsoft is going to use the Bing search engine to predict the outcomes of reality TV shows. Bing will attempt to forecast the results of TV shows like American Idol, The Voice, and Dancing With The Stars by searching for data and social input from Facebook and Twitter. If you go to Bing.com now and search “American Idol predictions,” you will see forecasts for five singers.
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Microsoft has expanded Bing with 150 million new entities

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Microsoft Corporation has announced that it has data for around 150 million new entities to the Bing.com search engine. This is around the same amount is Google’s Knowledge Graph. Microsoft added real estate listings along with details about lawyers, doctors, and dentists over the last few months. If you search for a doctor on Bing, it will offer more information about the experience, address, and specialties based on information from LinkedIn, Vitals, and the National Plan & Provider Enumeration System. Real estate listings are pulled from Zillow.
[Source: Bing Blog]

Microsoft says that they are not censoring Bing searches for Chinese-language users

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Yesterday, The Guardian reported that Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, appears to be censoring information for Chinese-language users in the U.S. as they would censor results in mainland China. Microsoft denied these allegations and blamed it on a technical error.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Believes Xbox And Bing Should Spin Out

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Microsoft Corporation co-founder Paul Allen believes that the gaming console Xbox and the search engine brand Bing.com should spin out from the company in order to focus more on the business to business (B2B) operations.  Vulcan Capital chief investment analyst Paul Ghaffari manages Paul Allen’s stock in Microsoft and he is the one that offered this advice.  Below is an excerpt from the FT.com article about Allen’s opinions:
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Microsoft Creates An Ad-Free Version Of Bing For Students

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Microsoft Corporation has created an ad-free version of their Bing search engine.  This version of Bing can be used at public and private schools in the U.S.  The ad-free version of Bing will also activate an automatic filter that blocks adult content and will have enhanced privacy protections said Microsoft in a statement today.
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STUDY: Bing Shows 5 Times More Malicious Websites Than Google

According to an eighteen month study by German independent testing company AV-Test, the Microsoft Bing search engine returned five times more links to malicious websites than Google.  Even though Microsoft works hard on suppressing malicious content from entering their search crawler, many malware-infested websites appear in the top results.

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