23 June 2010 ~ 274 Comments

Microsoft Office Web Apps takes on Google Docs

We’ve heard rumblings of a Microsoft competitor to Google’s popular Docs suite – a cloud-based productivity package – for years. And finally, the venerable Word, Excel and Powerpoint take to the ‘tubes’ in Microsoft’s Office Web Apps. Dennis O’Reilly at CNET took the software for a spin, and shared his thoughts:
I was most impressed with [...]

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06 January 2010 ~ 235 Comments

FTC to investigate consumer privacy and cloud computing

In some interesting news that broke earlier this week, it turns out the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is conducting an inquiry into the privacy and security components of cloud computing. There is an enormous amount of personal data currently being stored remotely, however, this is not a new development and has some expressing skepticism. [...]

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21 November 2009 ~ 31 Comments

Microsoft Bing censoring searches in Chinese?

In a piece from Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times titled Boycott Microsoft Bing, Kristof observes that text and image searches in simplified Chinese characters (those used in mainland China) return sanitized results. He also says that Microsoft’s responses to the problem have been inconsistent over the last few months, ranging from a [...]

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22 October 2009 ~ 1 Comment

Google reaches deal with Twitter, real-time search engine wars begin

The search engine landscape is tranforming rapidly. Yesterday we learned that Microsoft’s Bing reached an agreement to index both Facebook and Twitter’s real-time feeds, and today we discovered that Google will also have access to Twitter’s content. Now the real question will be who can provide the most value from this content. In [...]

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21 October 2009 ~ 15 Comments

Microsoft reaches deal with Facebook and Twitter to index real-time feeds on Bing

Microsoft has come to non-exclusive agreements with both Facebook and Twitter to include the real-time feeds from the social networking sites into Bing’s search results. You can already see a beta version of the Twitter feeds on Bing here. PaidContent provides more insight:

All of the major search engines have coveted some sort of [...]

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21 September 2009 ~ 8 Comments

Microsoft introduces visual search to Bing

In its quest to effectively innovate within the search engine market, Microsoft has introduced a new feature into its search engine, Bing. For those times when there is something that you are looking for, maybe it’s a an actor, a politician, or the breed of your neighbor’s dog, and you just can’t think of [...]

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