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  • Blog Post: Statcounter: Bing leapfrogs Yahoo again

    You might remember Statcounter.com as the site that came in the news a   few weeks ago when Bing overtook Yahoo, due to the sudden interest immediately after launch. Back then, as many predicted, it didn’t last long, as people quickly switched back to their old search habits. But I just checked...
  • Blog Post: Bing Community - an undiscovered site

    Check it out: http://www.bing.com/community/ Nice layout & content organization. Much better organized when comparing it with the typical forums/community sites that you see on Microsoft sites or MSDN (or other non-Microsoft ones)
  • Blog Post: What does Bing stands for?

    In my personal opinion, BING = B ing I s N ot G oogle (to continue the tradition of recursive acronyms ) And it’s true. Bing attempts to be a decision engine, not just another search engine. It is interesting that Google itself has an “I’m feeling Lucky” button, but using it simply means that you let...
  • Blog Post: Yet another 3D photo wonder is now available - Microsoft Photosynth is available for preview

    Try it here: http://labs.live.com/photosynth . It is an interesting approach of building a 3D world from a bunch of 2D photos taken anywhere. Coincidentally, Microsoft just released 3D maps in Windows Live Local, which also succeed to build 3D models of cities simply by getting data from a camera...
  • Blog Post: Search Engines and Privacy

    The recent AOL scandal had one and only one learning lesson for any software company. Think 10x, 100x, 1000x about customer privacy. There is a large amount of discussions, opinions, passion on the blogosphere, but I don't think that anyone disagrees with the point above. However, there is an alternate...
  • Blog Post: New live.com launched! (with screenshots on Vista)

    Link: www.live.com It looks beautifully, isn't it? [Screenshot]
  • Blog Post: Digg surpasses Slashdot?

    Looking at Alexa , we can definitely see a trend: Alexa might be contested , however. And, speaking of trends, Google Trends tells us a similar thing, this time with respect to Google search volume : slashdot digg
  • Blog Post: New www.live.com launched!

    Check it out: www.live.com Personally, I like the smart scroll feature.
  • Blog Post: Walking the long road ahead

    Recently there was a lot of noise in the media about a Microsoft official (Neil Holloway - President of Microsoft EU) " saying " that we will be twice as good as Google in six months. Then I was pleasantly surprised that Neil soon corrected this misquote. Where? On a blog (John Batelle's blog). That...
  • Blog Post: Favorites - this time, for real!

    Finally! I just noticed a new service in the http://live.com family: Live Favorites ( http://favorites.live.com/ ) You can import your existing IE favorites, organize them with drag-and-drop via an AJAX interface, etc.
  • Blog Post: The OpenSearch 1.1 specification

    I just installed a recent Vista build on my dev box, and I noticed a new set of options to add a custom search engine in IE 7. Which got me digging . For your browsing pleasure, here are some links: - This page describes the current list of providers, and what else needs to be done on the missing providers...
  • Blog Post: My top 10 tech predictions for 2006

    Let's see how this game will play out: 1) Amazon will come up with more and more interesting stuff. I expect to be surprised. 2) Someone, probably Yahoo, will buy digg and memeorandum. These sites are hot. 3) In 2004, Google captured everyone's interest with GMail, GMaps, etc. In 2005, the tables...
  • Blog Post: How Hotmail works? - an interview with Phil Smoot

    ACM Queue published an interesting interview with Phil Smoot. Phil is the person in charge of managing the development teams at Hotmail.
  • Blog Post: Windows Local Live is out in the wild!

    Here it is: http://local.live.com Check out some cool bird's eye images: - Space Needle - Microsoft campus . [ Update - Dec 8, 11 PM ] It turns out that the service is not exposed to the public yet. Funny enough, it works fine from my dev box, but not from my home computer. Maybe they block all...
  • Blog Post: Will the giants fade away?

    Something interesting happened in the last few years. Something that I haven't explicity realized until I read Ross Levinsohn's statement . (Maybe you already know - Ross Levinsohn is the president of Fox Interactive Media, a large company who owns the the CNet / ZDNet duo, along with the very young...
  • Blog Post: Search Technology Center - opened by Microsoft in China

    I am watching with a lot of interest the evolution of search technologies in China - everyone knows about baidu.com (which seems to be the fifth most visited site on the internet, according to Alexa , just behind MSN, Yahoo and Google). But one interesting piece of news (that I've missed in my vacation...
  • Blog Post: Did you know that MySpace.com runs ASP.NET 2.0 on x64?

    I found this quote interesting: The Internet Information Services 6.0 Web server featured in the OS has been enhanced with 64-bit support. This provides access to more memory and scalability for applications, Goldfarb said. "In high-performance scenarios, it's very, very important." 64-bit computing...
  • Blog Post: digg.com - the new Slashdot?

    I just discovered digg.com a few days ago, and I am hooked. So far, it seems surprisingly good. IMHO, it is almost as good and even surpasses Slashdot in many aspects: traffic (although alexa.com might be misleading here), volume of posts, fresh news, and of course better overall quality of discussions...
  • Blog Post: This time, a real blog about Google

    I am reading an excellent blog written by a few ex-Googlers. I especially like Doug Edwards's posts, which seems to be a funny guy. The blog describes how Google felt like, from the inside, in the early days, and how the atmosphere evolved over time. It reminded me of the early days of Microsoft....
  • Blog Post: SSE - an RSS extension for two-way synchronization

    Ray Ozzie mentioned an interesting variation of the RSS protocol. RSS is essentially a one-way synchronization protocol. What it would take to change the RSS standard in a very minimal way, such that it will work for two-way replication. A simple idea, with very deep implications. The new RSS is now...
  • Blog Post: Want free email? Bring your own domain

    Forget the battle between Hotmail, Yahoo and GMail. Just use your own domain and go to http://domains.live.com to get free email services, plus antivirus/antispam protection! And if you don't have yet a domain, just create one. The prices are pretty low these days, about $7-$8 per year for .com domains...
  • Blog Post: ...but, in Soviet Russia, the web services use YOU!

    Actually, in US too. No, I'm serious! The technique it's called Mechanical Turk , and its first form is developed by Amazon.com. The process is quite simple: 1) A large number of humans are going to that site. 2) They will be asked to do some work. 3) After completion, they will get paid in their...
  • Blog Post: Home page adventures - this time the new, shiny MSDN search beta

    I could write a little history on the (frequent) changes of my home page during the last twelve months. Why not? So far I was on: 1) google.com for a while - until a year ago if I remember correctly. At that time, this was the only search engine page that loaded fast, and had good relevance on things...
  • Blog Post: Search-based toolbars ARE addictive

    I used to play with both MSN and Google toolbars in parallel for a while now, but even if I had the convenient search box in the toolbar, I still used to go to a web-based search (Google until half year ago, now MSN search). I don't know why - as if my brain had a hardwired prefference to go to the classical...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo launches blogs, news search engine

    Various Yahoo rumors are coming furiously from several directions. First, a new blog search engine, as noted by Steve Rubel, at the (still non-existent) blog.search.yahoo.com . Apparently, there was a Yahoo blog search engine available for some time (but only in Korean) at kr.blog.search.com , but...
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