FTC To Search Engines: Do A Better Job Of Labeling Paid Search Results As Ads

FTC To Search Engines: Do A Better Job Of Labeling Paid Search Results As Ads

A decade ago, the Federal Trade Commission told the major Internet search engines that they should be more transparent about search results that received premium placement because the advertiser paid for it. The companies eventually obliged, but the FTC says that search engines have backslid and begun being less-than-transparent again, and that they could still do more to distinguish between ads and organic search results. [More]

Microsoft To Offer Ad-Free Version Of Bing For Schools

Microsoft To Offer Ad-Free Version Of Bing For Schools

While both Google and Microsoft’s Bing search engines have “safe search” options intended to let younger school children research reports on things like “backyard drilling” without getting results that might require a lot of awkward explanations from their parents, neither had offered an ad-free version. But in the fall, Microsoft will launch “Bing for Schools,” which promises not to invade our schools’ libraries with advertising. [More]

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Apple & Amazon Top This Year’s Brand Loyalty Survey, Blackberry Hangs On In Last Place

If there’s anything we want from our products and the brands that provide them, it’s love, true love. Well, maybe not quite that level, but according to the most recent Brand Keys Loyalty Leaders List, we consumers are craving an emotional connection to brands. And when they fill that special place in our hearts, they earn our loyalty. [More]

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Microsoft Asks Google To Censor Bing, U.S. Government In Automated DMCA Takedown Notices

Out of the five million DMCA takedown requests Microsoft filed with Google last year, there are probably plenty of legitimate ones involving copyright infringement and protected content. But then there are the automated requests to censor sites like BBC, CNN, HuffPo, TechCrunch, Wikipedia and a bunch of others, including its own search engine, Bing. Whoops. [More]

Bing Beats Out Yahoo To Claim Distant No. 2 Search Engine Spot Behind Google

Bing Beats Out Yahoo To Claim Distant No. 2 Search Engine Spot Behind Google

When you’re trudging up a mountain with not even a glimpse of the summit, and all you know is that you’re really, really far behind the guy in the lead, it might be nice to know that hey, at least you’re in second. Bing can claim that status now in the search engine world, as it has surpassed Yahoo to sit a distant second to Google. [More]

Will Xbox TV's Voice & Motion Controls Actually Revolutionize TV Watching?

Will Xbox TV's Voice & Motion Controls Actually Revolutionize TV Watching?

Starting tomorrow, an update to the Xbox 360′s dashboard will integrate its Kinect motion/voice-detection system and Microsoft’s Bing search engine in the hopes of creating a truly hands-free entertainment experience. But does it work? [More]

Bing Airport Maps Help You Find Overpriced Coffee While Waiting For Your Flight To Be Cancelled

Bing Airport Maps Help You Find Overpriced Coffee While Waiting For Your Flight To Be Cancelled

Some people really enjoy exploring airport terminals. They find a thrill in getting to know every newsstand, bar, food court and sandwich kiosk. For the remaining 99.9% of us, we just go to whatever is closest and hand over a pile of cash for a small bottle of water. But last week, Bing introduced a new feature on its maps search that helps users navigate the concourses of more than 40 U.S. airports. [More]

Yahoo To Hold Onto Your Search Data For At Least 18 Months

Yahoo To Hold Onto Your Search Data For At Least 18 Months

Since 2008, Yahoo has made it a point of pride that the company only retains info about users’ search engine queries for three months, while competitors like Google held onto the data for over a year. But that’s about to change, as the internet biggie announced yesterday that, in a bid to remain competitive, it will retain search history info for at least 18 months. [More]

Bing, Google Both Gain Search Engine Market Share As Yahoo Fades

Bing, Google Both Gain Search Engine Market Share As Yahoo Fades

Microsoft’s Bing continues to carve out a spot for itself in the search engine market, but it can’t seem to make up much ground against Google, which matched its gains from February to March, according to one report. [More]

Verizon Reportedly Forces Smartphone Users To Exclusively Search Via Bing

Verizon Reportedly Forces Smartphone Users To Exclusively Search Via Bing

Readers and news reports say Verizon has pushed out a smartphone update that has made Bing its exclusive search application thanks to a rumored half-billion dollar deal between Microsoft and Verizon. [More]

Microsoft Trying To Buy Its Way To Search Supremacy

Microsoft Trying To Buy Its Way To Search Supremacy

Microsoft wants to pay Newscorp to de-index its stories from Google, giving Bing a leg-up in searches. [More]

HP Refuses To Make Good On $100 Cash Back Promise, Won't Explain Why

HP Refuses To Make Good On $100 Cash Back Promise, Won't Explain Why

David is trying to reach HP executive customer service. He wants to find out why they reversed the $100 cash back offer they’d originally extended through a promotion with Microsoft’s new search engine Bing, and why the only reasons they’re giving him are either inapplicable or demonstrably false.

Gee, Jay Leno Sure Does Like Talking About Products

Gee, Jay Leno Sure Does Like Talking About Products

Edrants.com recently edited together all the moments of Leno & guests dropping product names. Yes, this is just one episode’s worth of product references.

Create Your Own Bing Vs. Google Death Match

Create Your Own Bing Vs. Google Death Match

Bing vs. Google offers a side-by-side comparison that lets users see for themselves which search engine works better. We tried some searches, and our findings are inside.

Delusional Microsoft Is Betting Big Money It Can Out-Search Google

Delusional Microsoft Is Betting Big Money It Can Out-Search Google

If Microsoft has its way bending your brain with a megabucks ad budget for its forthcoming Bing search engine, someday you’ll replace the verb “googled” with “binged.” Which could give new meaning to the phrase “binged and purged,” but whatever.