Bing

A blown transformer in the Fisher Plaza building (home to local ABC affiliate television station KOMO-TV and KOMO Radio) in downtown Seattle has affected a data center there, and Bing Travel among numerous other sites have been affected.  An explanation is up at www.bing.com/travel:

Sorry, travel isn’t

BingLogo_5F00_4E99D7F6[1] The Bing team is bringing a bit of Twitter to Bing search results. Not indexing all of Twitter at this time… just a small set of prominent and prolific Twitterers (a few thousand) to start. This includes Tweets from folks from Microsoft’s own search technology and business sphere …

One of the favorite features of Bing for many users is the daily image that appears on the homepage each day. Whilst not yet available in every country, this will change! According to this blogpost, international markets will also get a rich image version of the homepage. …

By all early accounts, and granted it is VERY early, Bing is doing well.  The buzz seems strong, the numbers are good, and if nothing else people are taking a look at Bing where they didn’t pay Live Search any mind at all.  But a couple of Bing …

* (apologies to Raymond Chen)

Another day, and another A-List blogger “discovers” the “launch” of a Bing feature, which of course has been in Live Search for ages.  This time it’s Jason Calacanis, who posted news of the “launch” of XRank on Twitter, which has been …

It hasn’t even been two weeks since Bing was launched, but a number of services are reporting numbers that seem to show an uptick in interest in the rebranded search product from Microsoft.

Compete.com, in a blog post today, points to a 2 point uptick in searcher …

binglogo_5F00_thumb_5F00_01EE3C3B[1] Yes, more Bing. We didn’t want to keep this info from you.

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Did Bing just Leapfrog Yahoo Search? Data from monitoring service StatCounter suggests that Bing, Microsoft’s new decision engine, has overtaken Yahoo Search as the number two search service in the U.S. and worldwide …

binglogo Bing launched this week, revealing the new name and “decision engine” tagline,  a new more organized layout for search results, tighter integration for verticals like Shopping (including Bing cashback), Travel (including the Farecast technology for predicting airfares and now hotel fares), Health, and Maps (no new UI as …

At SMX Advanced, Danny Sullivan spent an interesting 45 minutes talking with Qi Lu about Bing.  For his first time in public, Lu was engaging but serious about the job ahead, while seeming relaxed and comfortable onstage with Sullivan.  They even had a little fun with the new …

Thanks to one of our alert readers, we get our first look at a Bing commercial:

More information on the Bing Virtual Presskit page on Microsoft Press Pass

Of course it’s a natural that we’d get the cute little “Bing” sound, but will it be cute overload?  We’ll …

Just been clicking around in Bing, and came across a nice fresh Bing Community site, all done up in Community Server.

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The site contains a What’s New page, links to the individual search blogs (Search, Webmaster, Developer, Travel, and Maps), which are pulled in to the site …

Getting reports from all over that www.bing.com is live:

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The US is getting the Hubble telescope image that is on live.com, but for at least some other countries (we didn’t check them all), they’re getting our old friend the snow leopard:

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Note that in China, as well as …

bingLogo_lgIf you want to watch instead of read about Bing, then join the Bing Webcast at June 1st.

Here’s how to join in:

1) Set your alarm clocks for 10AM Pacific Daylight Time, Monday, June 1

2) Point your browser to  http://ms.istreamplanet.com/search (I’d do this

We haven’t been able to get our hands on Bing until today,  and we’ll have more as we dig deeper into it, but we wanted to give you some quick first impressions.  There’s lots of promotion for “the decision engine” out there already, but we’ve noticed a few …

Well the story we’ve been following for the past year, the rebranding of Live Search, reached a big milestone today with the announcement (finally) of the new name, Bing.  While the name itself has yet to grow on us, we have to admit we really like the logo:…

BingLogo Steve Ballmer just announced Microsoft’s newest search offering on the D7 stage. He introduced it by showing a video, a Star Trek parody called “A bold search for a new name.” The video runs over Microsoft’s chronic re-naming of its search engine. And there it is: the new …

This is a big week or so for Microsoft, and for Live Search.  According to reports from the Wall St. Journal, the widely anticipated new version of Live Search, code named Kumo, is set to be unveiled at D: The All Things Digital conference in Carslbad, California.  …

The Wall St. Journal is reporting today that Microsoft is expected to show for the first time publically its new search effort, code named Kumo, at “D: All Things Digital”.  The technology conference, hosted by All Things D bloggers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, is being …

A post on a Neowin forum crossed our path this weekend (thanks for the tip, CalumJR!): apparently the poster was hanging out at Bldg 88 (which does house parts of Live Search), and spotted a “Countdown to Kumo” clock on a TV there. 

I’m just sitting in MS

Adding to the intrigue of what to call the falling further and further behind Microsoft search product, the Live Search team posted this tonight:

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Here’s the list of Live Search twitter accounts, for those of you playing along at home.…