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Microsoft has expanded Bing with 150 million new entities

Microsoft Corporation has announced that it has data for around 150 million new entities to the 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

Microsoft Corporation co-founder Paul Allen believes that the gaming console Xbox and the search engine brand 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 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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Qwiki Partners With Microsoft Bing

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Qwiki is a startup is known for making reference materials into interactive videos. Qwiki has partnered with Microsoft to integrate their videos into Bing search results. This deal has been worked on for over a year according to Qwiki CEO Doug Imbruce.
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Bing Redesign Becomes Much More Social

Microsoft has announced a new major redesign of A new Sidebar is being added to Bing search that shows your contacts and activity from social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Google was heavily criticized for integrating Google+ into search results and not offering information from other social networks. Google did not sign any business deals with Twitter and Facebook to offer data from those social networks. Google used to have a deal with Twitter, but that contract expired. Microsoft renewed their contract with Twitter. The social Sidebar on will show relevant search results. Like if you search for the Taj Mahal on Bing, you might see a picture of your Facebook friend visiting the Taj Mahal. Bing will also be adding data from LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Skype to the Sidebar this summer.

Microsoft Gives Bing A Minimalistic Redesign

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Microsoft Principal Group Program Manager Sally Salas wrote a blog post about how Bing has changed around their search results pages. Bing has removed unnecessary distractions and built a de-cluttered experience to help you find results faster. The “left rail” has been removed and the header has been minimized. All of the result annotations and social data is consistent in one spot now to make the page easier to use. As a result of the design, load time is faster and relevance has been improved under the hood. To make a comparison, above is the new design and below is the old design
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