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Searchblog | LINKS|

Google gets a Microsoft make-over

Google has undergone a face-lift — and it looks suspiciously like Microsoft’s Bing. It won’t change your search results, says search guru John Battelle but it will change the way we search.

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Business Week | COMPANIES|

Twitter finally turns a profit

Twitter’s real-time search deals with Microsoft and Google — worth about $25 million combined — will see the company finally turn a (small) profit this year, according to company insiders.

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PC World | ONLINE|

Microsoft vs. Google, round 567: Bing Maps launched

Microsoft has fired the latest shot in the search engine wars, launching its own map service to compete directly with Google Maps. Bing Maps lets users view satellite maps in 3D, and integrate apps like Twitter to overlay extra data.

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ReadWriteWeb | ONLINE|

The most searched words of 2009

What was the internet searching for in 2009? ReadWriteWeb checks out the year’s top search terms for Google and Bing. Why are so many people searching for Twitter? How hard is “www.twitter.com” to remember?

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Barrons | UNCATEGORIZED|

Has Murdoch just saved the newspaper industry?

The newspaper industry is desperate for cash, and Microsoft — and its search engine Bing — has bucketloads of it to spend. Can newspapers save themselves by selling the tech giant exclusive rights to their content?

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TechCrunch | ONLINE|

Murdoch puts a gun to Google’s head, Microsoft helps pull the trigger

Rupert Murdoch has been threatening to pull all News Corp content from Google, and Microsoft is willing to pay him to do it. But Bing can’t buy all the news — and it might just sell its credibility in the process.

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Financial Times | ONLINE|

Microsoft-Murdoch deal in the works

Microsoft is in negotiations with News Corp to pay the media empire to pull all its news content from Google, insiders tell the Financial Times.

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New York Times | ONLINE|

Kristof: Microsoft’s Bing is a Chinese propaganda tool

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof is calling on his readers to boycott Microsoft’s Bing search engine, because it actively censors search results in China on politically sensitive topics like Tienanmen Square and Tibet.

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TechCrunch | ONLINE|

How Murdoch can really hurt Google

Rupert Murdoch’s recent rejection of Google may be less about news content and more about the search engine wars, suggests Michael Arrington: by de-indexing from Google, other search engines could pay him for the rights to index News Corp content.

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The Atlantic Wire | ONLINE|

Microsoft vs. Google: who’s winning the social media search wars?

Yesterday, both Google and Microsoft announced deals with Twitter to add tweets to their search results. But which company scored the better deal? And which will do a better job? The blogosphere weighs in.

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Advertising Age | ADVERTISING|

Does your website speak Bing?

To get ahead online, brands need to get their names high up on search results pages. Til now that’s meant optimising websites for Google. But with Microsoft moving in on the market, companies need to speak Bing too.

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Business Week | COMPANIES|

The search is over: Yahoo gives in to Microsoft

Yahoo has officially given up on trying to best Google in the search engine game, finally reaching a partnership deal with Microsoft after years of negotiations and scrapping their own search engine in favour of the software giant’s new model, Bing.

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Charlie Rose | ONLINE|

VIDEO: TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington on Charlie Rose

TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington talks to Charlie Rose about Google vs. Microsoft Bing, e-readers, Facebook and his decision to publish those leaked Twitter documents.

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TechCrunch | ONLINE|

China blocks social media sites in lead-up to Tiananmen date

The Great Firewall of China is in full swing, with authorities blocking Twitter, Flickr, Bing, Blogger, and a number of other sites as the date of Tiananmen approaches.

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Microsoft Bing: will it fizzle or boom?

Microsoft have launched a new search engine in an attempt to rival Google: Bing. But will it be the next great innovation since Windows, or another Microsoft Bob?

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Valleywag | COMPANIES|

Microsoft wants you to Bing it

Microsoft are hoping their new search engine, Bing, will see people stop “Googling” and starting “Binging”. But as Valleywag puts it: “the name reminds us mostly of Sopranos strippers and the guy who knocked up Elizabeth Hurley.”

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