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May 10, 2012, 3:20 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.
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 …
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
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 labor conditions at the Chinese factories that assemble iPhones and iPads, Foxconn's top executive said on Thursday.
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 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:
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.
Tweets: @mattcutts
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.
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.
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 …
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: Digiday and Betabeat
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple bid $16m for Chinese iPad trademark but Proview holds out for at least $400m: Reports  —  With Apple said to be entering serious negotiations with Proview, looking to settle the lengthy legal battle over rights to the Chinese iPad trademark, Apple representatives are reported to have offered $16 million for the mark.
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 …
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 …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Was Zynga's Deal To Buy OMGPOP That Disastrous?  Here's Some Perspective.  —  Draw Something, the game that could do no wrong now seems like it can do little right, at least according to the blogosphere.  There's been a string of stories from virtually everyone saying that the OMGPOP acquisition is …
More: ForbesTweets: @cdixon
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Google looks to replicate iOS Game Center, app purchasing  —  In an attempt to bolster Android's presence in mobile gaming Google is reportedly developing an app that is similar to Apple's Game Center, and is looking to revamp its Google Play payment system to streamline purchases.
Rafe Needleman / CNET:
Facebook App Center: More showcase than store, actually  —  Or, how Facebook makes money and advances its own interest by helping Apple sell apps on its own store.  It's a surprisingly clever move.  —  The Facebook App Center will “sell” iOS apps.  —  The app store model is winning the evolutionary battle for software businesses.
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Pirate Bay Scolds Anonymous Hackers For Cyberattacks On Its Behalf  —  Some hackers aim to free the flow of information, while others aim to stifle it.  The Pirate Bay has taken a moment to remind the hacker group Anonymous of the difference.  —  Anonymous has been launching a series …
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Carrier-Led Mobile Wallet Isis Partners With American Express: Adds Consumer, Biz Cards & AmEx's Digital Payments Platform Serve  —  Isis, the carrier-led joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, is gaining steam and has today announced a new addition to its mobile wallet: American Express.
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
FTC Launches Probe Into Facebook-Instagram Deal, Could Delay IPO  —  Hoodie aficionado Mark Zuckerberg.  (Getty)  —  When it comes to technology acquisitions, competition probes are fairly typical; as Microsoft or Google will probably attest, it's kind of a rite of passage.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
TiVo Premiere gets updated Netflix UI, YouTube Leanback (hands-on)  —  TiVo hinted that Netflix and YouTube apps for the Premiere would get an update this spring, and it just so happens that update is rolling out today.  Fire up your Premiere and update to find a Netflix app that looks …
More: CNET and Engadget

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