Posts Tagged ‘Bing’

Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

January 2nd, 2013 01:50 admin View Comments

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An anonymous reader writes “My fiancee is a professional writer. She has a great industry reputation and everyone that knows her loves her. But her ex-husband has maintained a number of websites in her name (literally, the URL is her name) that are filled with insane ravings and defamatory content. Have you ever had to deal with an internet smear campaign? The results float to the top of every Google or Bing search of her name. He currently lives abroad and cannot be served with legal papers. His websites are hosted overseas as well, and do not respond to conventional letters or petitions. Because of his freedom of speech rights, few U.S. courts will assert that his websites are truly libelous, either, and it’s still difficult to prove any real ‘damages’ are done by it. Still, we’d like to see them go away. I’m turning to the best community of geeks in the world: how do I deal with this given the limited options at my disposal?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

Google Loses Santa To Bing

December 13th, 2012 12:09 admin View Comments


New submitter Sebolains writes “Unlike previous years, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has decided to use Bing maps to track Santa’s journey as he goes around the world delivering presents. Starting Christmas eve, one will be able to go to the official NORAD Santa tracking site ( and use Bing maps to see where Santa is delivering presents at that time. In previous years, NORAD has always gone for Google maps to track Saint Nick. The reason for this switch were not disclosed, but since nearly 25 million people are expected to use this tool come this Christmas, this will definitely benefit Bing in the ongoing competition for online map applications.”

Source: Google Loses Santa To Bing

Notch Expands On 0x10c, Microsoft and Quantum Computing

November 29th, 2012 11:51 admin View Comments


eldavojohn writes “Mojang’s Marcus Persson (better known as ‘Notch’) has answered quite a few questions in an interview with PC Gamer about his new game 0x10c. Since its announcement, there’s been very few details about game play aside from the DCPU-16 and art tests. But in this interview, Notch has revealed quite a bit about how the game will function and non-final ideas he has for either a monthly fee to play in a ‘multiverse’ or micropayments. He talks about a custom OS people are working on to load into the game’s CPU as well as a an in-game 3D printer that will allow you to make virtual objects. When asked about Kickstarter and his Oculus dev kit, Notch said ‘Definitely going to make it work in 0x10c no matter what’ and his account of using the Oculus Rift sounds more than promising for the VR Device. When asked about Linux he said, ‘[Linux] is wonderful. I think we need to have it, and it’s a shame that more people, including myself, don’t use it. It’s gotten easier and friendlier.’ When asked about Microsoft he said, ‘I use their OS – Windows 7 is an amazing operating system in my opinion and of course there’s the Xbox, which I love. I’m sure Bing is going to take off and save them. [Editor's note: Notch is smiling mischievously as he says this.]‘”

Source: Notch Expands On 0x10c, Microsoft and Quantum Computing

Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

October 7th, 2012 10:50 admin View Comments


Techmeology writes “Microsoft has sent automated DMCA notices to Google demanding the removal of several legitimate URLs from its search results that Microsoft claims were facilitating the distribution of illegal copies of Windows 8, including links to BBC news articles, Wikipedia pages, U.S. government websites, and even Bing! The erroneous DMCA notices are being sent automatically by rights holders, who are increasingly using such techniques.”

Source: Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

September 28th, 2012 09:30 admin View Comments


TheBoat writes “Tim Cook has apologized for the company’s Maps app in iOS 6. ‘We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.’ Cook said the company is continuing to work on the app, but recommended several alternatives in the meantime: apps from Bing, MapQuest, and Waze, or the map websites of Google and Nokia.”

Source: Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

September 25th, 2012 09:22 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Microsoft’s Quincy data center, physical home of Bing and Hotmail, was fined $210,000 last year because the data center used too little electricity. To avoid similar penalties for ‘underconsumption of electricity’ this year, the data center burned through $70,000 worth of electricity in three days.”

Source: Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing

September 20th, 2012 09:03 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter SquarePixel writes “Microsoft is urging Safari users to switch to Bing after Google was fined $22.5 million for violating Safari privacy settings. “Microsoft is keen to make sure that no-one forgets this, let alone Safari users, and the page summarizes the events that took place”. It tells users how Google promised not to track Safari users, but tracked them without their permission and used this data to serve them advertisement. Lastly, it tells how Google was fined $22.5 million for this and suggests users to try the more privacy oriented Bing search engine.”

Source: Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing

Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha

August 31st, 2012 08:42 admin View Comments


Nerval’s Lobster writes “Ever wanted to mine your own Facebook data? Wolfram Alpha is offering you the chance. Wolfram Alpha bills itself as a ‘computational knowledge engine.’ In contrast to other search engines such as Google and Bing, which return pages of blue hyperlinks in response to queries, Wolfram Alpha offers up objective data: type in the name of a person, for example, and you might receive their dates of birth and death, a timeline, and a graph of Wikipedia page hits. Now Wolfram Alpha’s offering a new feature that can spit back years of your personal Facebook data sliced, diced, visualized and analyzed.”

Source: Data-Mine Your Own Facebook Data With Wolfram Alpha

Out Of Nowhere, TripAdvisor Becomes One of Facebook’s Biggest Apps

June 29th, 2012 06:56 admin View Comments

Over June, the Facebook app of travel reviews site TripAdvisor has increased its Monthly Active Users (MAU) by over 67 percent. It now has 31 million MAU, moving it up to fourth on AppData’s Facebook Apps Leaderboard – just above the ever-popular MyCalendar birthday app and Zynga’s top ‘Ville game CityVille. What makes it even more intriguing is that in May, according to InsideFacebook (a sister site of AppData), TripAdvisor experienced “a steady decline.” So how has TripAdvisor not only stopped a decline, but added 12.5 million users in the space of a month?

The growth has been particularly rapid this past week. According to AppData, TripAdvisor’s Facebook app was the top gainer across Facebook last week with 6.2 million new MAU. That’s a 25% gain in just one week.

TripAdvisor is one of my favorite travel websites. I use it mostly to choose hotels, before I travel. That’s because it has a vast database of user-generated hotel reviews and its ranking system is slick and dependable. Also, unlike Orbitz, TripAdvisor doesn’t penalize me for using a Mac.

TripAdvisor released its first Facebook app back in June 2007, called “Cities I’ve Visited.” This is the very same app that now attracts 31 million monthly active users, although now it’s simply called TripAdvisor (a separate app called Cities I’ve Visited app still shows up in Facebook’s search, but it re-directs to the TripAdvisor app). TripAdvisor integrates onto your Facebook Timeline and automatically shares your activity.

Is the user growth related to TripAdvisor’s “Instant Personalization” feature, which it introduced in 2010 as an official partner of Facebook? Instant Personalization means that TripAdvisor uses Facebook data that you’ve made public – such as your name, profile picture, gender and networks – to serve you a personalized experience. The key is it doesn’t require your permission to do this. Even if you don’t have a TripAdvisor account, if you are logged into Facebook then you will see reviews from your friends and other “personalized” information on There are seven other companies in the Instant Personalization program, including local reviews site Yelp and Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

While this shows that TripAdvisor is a close partner of Facebook, Instant Personalization doesn’t explain the sudden ramp-up of TripAdvisor’s Facebook app. Neither does a new app it released last week, called Local Picks. That app, which provides dining recommendations, is TripAdvisor’s second on Facebook. But it’s a separate app and so it doesn’t impact the statistics of the TripAdvisor Facebook app.

So what is (literally) up with TripAdvisor’s Facebook app? InsideFacebook suggests it is “due in part to a Facebook Sponsored Stories campaign to re-engage users.” In other words, TripAdvisor has been advertising on Facebook. If this is the main reason for TripAdvisor’s jump on Facebook, then it must be considered an amazing return on investment!

It may also be that it’s summer in the U.S. and Europe, so people are using TripAdvisor more and socializing their travel on its Facebook app.

We’re going to have to appeal to the wisdom of the crowds on this one. Let us know in the comments what you think has caused TripAdvisor to suddenly become one of the most popular apps on Facebook!

Source: Out Of Nowhere, TripAdvisor Becomes One of Facebook’s Biggest Apps

Read/Write Daily: Hell Freezes Over, Instapaper for Android Released

June 4th, 2012 06:02 admin View Comments

Today’s theme is real-life power-ups. There are far too many smartphone apps out there to keep up with, but that’s a great thing. All these little pieces of software are getting incrementally better all the time. Their creators try to improve upon one little aspect of modern life for the price of a cup of coffee.

Here are a few exciting bits of recent app news.

Quotebook 2.0 is out for iPhone and iPad, letting you save and sync your favorite sayings across devices and always have them at hand.

If you hate spinning the stupid timer wheel in the iPhone’s built-in clock app, App Cubby’s Timer will save you.

Gliph for iPhone, Android and mobile Web is an empowering new way to exchange private messages, and its new version lets you lock up your communication behind a wall of privacy and throw away the key.

Bing Bong is a rambunctious little amoeba who lives in the small town of Microchusetts, and if enough people back Bing Bong for iOS and Android on AppStori (like Kickstarter for mobile apps), he can save his town from invaders!

There is now an official Instapaper app for Android. In other news, Hell reported record low temperatures last night.

Evernote Hello is a new way to remember people that beats the pants off the alphabetical address book. It came out for Android last week, leap-frogging the features of the already outstanding iPhone version. (Wonder why Evernote did it that way? Check out our interview with CEO Phil Libin.)

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Source: Read/Write Daily: Hell Freezes Over, Instapaper for Android Released