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May 10, 2012, 5:20 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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Personalized Email Marketing Provider RestEngine  —  Twitter has just finalized a deal to acquire RestEngine, a developer of personalized email marketing services, which could help Twitter deliver email digests of tweets you've missed.  The acquisition fits …
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 …
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Socialcam is pumping popular YouTube videos into its app to drive usage.  Smart or seedy?  —  Imagine a situation in which you find out your favorite photo-sharing app, say Instagram, is full of content not shared by the folks using the service but rather being pulled in from sites like Flickr …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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Smartsheet:
Rise above email and spreadsheet chaos  —  Organizations that are bogged down by never-ending email, multiple chat apps, and siloed information move more slowly and get less done.  Read this report.
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Zoho:
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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
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