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May 10, 2012, 11:15 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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Microsoft's Sneaky Success: The Xbox Is the Most Popular Video Player in the U.S.  —  More evidence that Microsoft is increasing its lead in the digital living room race: Data that shows its Xbox gaming console is the most popular non-PC device to watch Web video.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's How Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Is Explaining His Bio Scandal  —  Right now, Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson is attempting to explain to employees why his official Yahoo and eBay bios said he had a degree in computer science when in fact he does not.  —  We asked Yahoo employees to share this explanation.
More: AllThingsD, Reuters and CNET
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Buys Personalized Email Marketer RestEngine To Deliver Best Tweet Digests  —  Twitter has just finalized a deal to hire the team and buy the technology of RestEngine, a personalized email marketing service, which could help Twitter deliver email digests of great tweets you've missed.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Pebble smartwatch tops $10 million in Kickstarter pledges, sells all 85,000 watches  —  If you thought that the campaign for the Pebble E-Paper Watch would show signs of slowing after it broke Kickstarter records and pushed past $5 million in pledges, you'd be wrong — for it has now topped $10 million …
Bloomberg:
Facebook IPO Said to Meet Weaker-Than-Expected Investor Demand  —  Facebook Inc. (FB)'s initial public offering has so far generated lower-than-expected demand from institutional investors who are concerned about the company's growth prospects, people with knowledge of the matter said.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @ldignan
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Broadcasters Warn of Huge Industry Shakeup If Barry Diller's Aereo Isn't Stopped  —  After filing a copyright lawsuit against Aereo in March, broadcasters on Wednesday detailed why a preliminary injunction is warranted.  —  All of the major TV broadcasters are fighting a legal battle against Aereo …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
7-Inch iPad with Retina Display Coming in October Priced at $200-$250?  —  iMore reports that Apple is “currently targeting” an October launch for a smaller iPad, with the device carrying a display of roughly 7 inches and being priced in the $200-$250 range.
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:
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Exclusive: Music locker service MP3tunes.com files for bankruptcy  —  Legal costs piled up over four years as the music service defended itself against a copyright suit from EMI proved to be too much, says founder Michael Robertson.  —  Follow @sandoCNET  —  MP3tunes.com, the music locker service …
More: GadgeTell and GigaOM
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
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 launches with high-end specs, $399 price  —  Been lusting after a GeForce GTX 680 at a more affordable price point?  Nvidia has done the inevitable and trickled its Kepler GPU architecture down to a more wallet-friendly level with the introduction of the $399 GeForce GTX 670.
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.
More: WebProNews
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
AOL Has A New CTO  —  AOL just named interim CTO Curtis Brown its fulltime CTO.  —  He joined the company in 2010.  —  Before that he was CTO at Kaplan Test Prep.  —  On LinkedIn, he describes his specialties as:  — Partnering with executives to align and deliver technology strategy …
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.
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.

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