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May 10, 2012, 5:00 PM

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Bing:
Introducing the New Bing: Spend Less Time Searching, More Time Doing  —  In 2009, we launched Bing with a simple proposition: people should expect more from a search engine.  —  Our aim has always been to help you do more with search, and over the past three years we have made exciting strides to realize that vision.
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Google, Alert: Bing Wants “To Model Every Object On The Planet,” Reinvent Search  —  The future of search is not about page rank.  It's about creating giant databases of every person, place, and thing on the planet.  —  Today Bing is announcing a revamp of its front end, to make its search results more useful for users.
Tweets: @johnsheehan
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
New Bing calls on Facebook and Twitter to beat Google's Search Plus Your World (hands-on)  —  “90 percent of people consult with a friend or expert before making a decision,” Microsoft says in promotional materials for the new Bing, announced today and rolling out over the next few weeks.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Head-To-Head: Bing's Social Search Vs. Google's Search Plus Your World  —  Earlier this year, Google made its results more social with Search Plus Your World.  Now Bing has reshaped how it handles social information as part of its “The New Bing” launch.  Which does better …
More: Forbes
Jay Greene / CNET:
How Mark Zuckerberg inspired a more social Bing  —  Microsoft's Bing unveiled features today that offer deeper integration with Facebook, giving users the ability to find friends that have expertise in topics they're searching.  —  (Credit: Microsoft)  —  Ten developers from Microsoft flew …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to bring full Internet Explorer browsing to Xbox 360 with Kinect controls  —  Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources.  The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results.
John Ruwitch / Reuters:
Apple, supplier Foxconn to share costs on improving factories  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and its key supplier Foxconn Technology Group will share the initial costs of improving labour conditions at the Chinese factories that assemble iPhones and iPads, Foxconn's top executive said on Thursday.
Kate Freeman / Mashable!:
Facebook Rolls Out File-Sharing for All Groups [EXCLUSIVE]  —  Could Facebook become the next Dropbox — or a haven for sharing files without regard to copyright?  —  The social network has revealed to Mashable that all Groups will now offer the ability to send files.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google agrees with Mozilla's Windows RT browser concerns  —  Mozilla says only a crippled version of Firefox could run on Windows for ARM chips, effectively restricting user choice to IE10, and now the maker of Chrome says it's worried, too.  —  Google has joined Mozilla in its attempt …
Michael V. Copeland / Wired:
Angel No More: Why One of Silicon Valley's Savviest Investors Has Shut His Wallet  —  Kevin Hartz is sitting this one out.  —  Sure, Hartz is busy with his day-job as CEO of online ticketing startup Eventbrite, but it's not a time management thing that keeps him from his usual angel-investing habit.
More: ForbesTweets: @codinghorror and @jguynn
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Kara Swisher's “Just Jokin'” Look At Buying TechCrunch  —  Interesting line in PandoDaily's article a couple of days ago about TechCrunch - “Kara Swisher was kicking some tires [about buying TechCrunch] to add the brands to the expanding All Things D franchise.”  —  Then a full retraction yesterday:
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Oracle might only receive $150,000 in damages from Google  —  Summary: In what was once touted as a $6 billion case, Oracle might end up with only $150,000 in statutory damages.  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Oracle's situation in its intellectual property legal battle against Google is looking more bleak by the day.
Joseph L. Flatley / The Verge:
Scamworld: ‘Get rich quick’ schemes mutate into an online monster  —  My first true look inside the world of Internet Marketing came courtesy of a 37-year-old businessman named Bedros Keuilian.  The Chino Hills-based Californian specializes in fitness and personal training marketing, and he is also something of a would-be auteur.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Klik App Does Mobile Facial Recognition in Real Time  —  Is taking pictures of your friends on your phone, tagging their names and uploading them just too darn hard?  Now there's a free helper app for that, called Klik, which launches out of testing today on the iPhone.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Dish Network adds ‘Auto Hop’ commercial skipping feature to its Hopper DVRs  —  One of the main features when Dish Network unveiled its Hopper and Joey multiroom DVRs at CES was PrimeTime Anytime, a setting that archives three hours of network programming, every night on the four main stations …
Bobbie Johnson / GigaOM:
Meet Silk, the Semantic Web for the rest of us  —  Almost since Tim Berners-Lee first came up with the original concept of the web, there's been a new, improved version on the horizon: the much-promised Semantic Web.  This, goes the thinking, is a way to make the online world more useful …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle  —  Joe Weisenthal wakes up around 4 a.m. most weekdays, afraid that in the five or six hours he has been sleeping, something happened that could move financial markets.  His alarm is his cellphone, and after he silences it so that his wife can sleep …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
FreedomPop Revamps Free Data Plan For Their $99 WiMax iPhone Case, Puts It Up For Pre-Order  —  The last time TechCrunch heard from the internet-for-everyone proponents at FreedomPop, they revealed to us that they were working on an iPhone 4/4S case with a built-in WiMax radio that would give …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Finally, Harry Potter Is Touching Down on Amazon's Kindle  —  J.K. Rowling has been one of the big holdouts, refusing to sell Harry Potter in electronic form through booksellers like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  —  That is apparently about to change, according to Amazon.com …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Rumored FTC probe could delay Facebook / Instagram deal, Toaster filter will have to wait  —  If you were hoping that Facebook's buyout of Instagram would wrap up quickly and let you directly integrate your heavily filtered photos into Timeline, you might be disappointed.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
FBI Fears Bitcoin's Popularity with Criminals  —  The FBI sees the anonymous Bitcoin payment network as an alarming haven for money laundering and other criminal activity — including as a tool for hackers to rip off fellow Bitcoin users.  —  That's according to a new FBI internal report …
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Autodesk launches 123D Catch for iPad, lets you turn pics into 3D models  —  Autodesk's had its 123D Catch iPad application in the works for quite some time now, but starting today, you'll finally be able to use that Cupertino slate to turn those beautiful snaps into three-dee creations.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
Mobile data roaming is set to become a lot cheaper in Europe as new EU price caps roll out  —  Staying connected as you travel around Europe is about to get a lot cheaper for millions of EU citizens as new European Union price caps on mobile data roaming come into force.
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
A Circle of Tech: Collect Payout, Do a Start-Up  —  FACEBOOK LEGACIES Matt Cohler, left, employee No. 7 at Facebook, is now a partner at Benchmark Capital.  Adam D'Angelo, a former chief technology officer at Facebook, is a founder of Quora.  Ruchi Sanghvi was Facebook's first female engineer and helped start Cove.
More: Betabeat and Digiday
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Adobe Lightroom 4 arrives in the Mac App Store for $149.99  —  Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom 4, first released in early March, has made its way to the Mac App Store.  Priced at $149.99, the photography app marks the first professional-caliber product Adobe is offering via Apple's digital storefront.
More: Macworld
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Workday Picks Its Bankers for a Fall 2012 IPO  —  It's going to be a busy summer and fall at the fast-growing cloud software start-up Workday.  Once the madness of the Facebook IPO is over, which will probably be next week, Workday will be the most closely watched of a batch …

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