Buzz Out Loud: the podcast that carries you through your formative years and even into college. We've got a great email about it, in fact. Also, we were totally right about the e-book price war--Kindle is now down to $189. Also, Apple will now collect your precise geographic information and share it with its partners. You can't opt out or anything, but hey, at least they let you know. Also: a Molly rant. Like, a real one. It's at the end. Enjoy!Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Microsoft has tweaked its Bing iPhone app with a couple of new features, just in time for this week's debut of the iPhone 4.
Taking a page from its browser-based cousin, the updated Bing app can now tap into your social networks to deliver relevant search results. Bing's new version 1.2 lets you connect to your own accounts on Facebook and Twitter to access the last six months' worth of updates from your friends and family.
You can search your social networks directly for specific subjects or names, or include them in your overall search results alongside … Read more
Steve Jobs took the stage at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco to unveil a new iPhone.
During the nearly two-hour speech, Apple's CEO revealed details of the new version of the device--dubbed the iPhone 4. The new phone is 9.3mm thick (25 percent thinner than the iPhone 3GS) with two built-in cameras (one on the front and one on the back with an LED flash), and two microphones for noise cancellation. It features a 940x640 pixel "Retina Display," which is four times the resolution of previous iPhone models. It will be available … Read more
I was focusing my attentions on deep World Cup meditation when I heard my phone ring and a scream. Yes, it was a friend of mine appalled at the sight of images beneath the type on Google home page.
"How could they do this?" she screamed. "Do they have no idea? "
Might I point out that my friend has some taste? She dresses like Audrey Hepburn. A kind of Audrey Hipburn, to be precise. And you should see her floral designs. Even if she does steal most of the flowers from roadsides and other people's … Read more
On today's episode, we discover that frenemies make for great collusion, everyone at the White House is suddenly sorry they bought all those iPads, the iPhone 4 doesn't actually have an eyeball, and only birds are now allowed to "tweet."Oh, and everything's better if you're naked.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Bing will now pull up the latest updates from Facebook and Twitter on your search terms.
On Wednesday, Microsoft's search engine officially launched its social site, which taps into public and shared updates from Facebook and the latest tweets from Twitter to display real-time results for your search topics.
The social search engine works just like Bing's regular search engine. Simply enter your keyword, and you'll see a list of current and recent posts from the two social networks. Each post offers a link to a Web site--anything from a static page to a YouTube video--where you … Read more
Bing is hoping to be the next American Idol, or so it would seem from an invitation that CNET just got for a June 22 event in Los Angeles.
The company promises a 40-minute session to announce new updates to the search engine, followed by a panel on the future of entertainment, to be emceed by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. The invite also promises musical guests and an LA-worthy after-party.
Whatever the news is, it's not the first foray into the celebrity arena for Microsoft's Web unit.
Microsoft has found some creative ways to advertise its Bing search engine, but last night's tie-up with "The Colbert Report" might be my favorite.
The company pledged $2,500 for each time that Colbert mentioned the word Bing, something he managed to work in 40 times in the show, if you count the time he said he was "rob-bing" Microsoft blind. In all, the stunt raised $100,000 for the Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund. (Why the Gulf of America? Because, as Colbert says, "We broke it, we bought it.")
The mentions … Read more
Among the flurry of news from Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote speech was the announcement that Bing will become a search option on the iPhone. Microsoft is expected to announce later on Monday that Bing will also be an option on the Mac and Windows versions of Safari.
Bing joins Yahoo as an option, but Google remains the default search engine, as a source told CNET last week was a possibility. Mehdi said it is nonetheless a big step for the Microsoft search engine.
"Apple today announced that Bing will be included as one of the search engine choices … Read more
Microsoft said Friday it is getting rid of Bing Cashback, a program that allowed advertisers to bid for search advertisements by offering a percentage of sales back to users.
When introduced in May 2008, Microsoft had held out the program as a significant way it could change the economics of search.
"In lots of ways, this was a great feature - we had over a thousand merchant partners delivering great offers to customers and seeing great ROI on their campaigns, and we were taking some of the advertising revenue and giving it back to customers," Microsoft said in … Read more