ViralSearch: Identifying and Visualizing Viral Content

What does it mean for online content to “go viral”? An analysis of almost a billion information cascades on Twitter news, videos, and photos has produced the first quantitative notion of whether something has indeed gone viral, thereby enabling further research into topic experts, trending topics, and viral-incident metrics.

More info at http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=185452

The new Bing

Bing introduces a new design, way to search and connect all data. You will now have your core search results, a snapshot area and a sidebar.
They will improve the connection of real object and social entities together with your search results. If you are concerned about your (Facebook) privacy: they also announced at the Bing Search Summit that they respect the Facebook privacy settings and that it is their priority 1, 2, 3 and 4 to protect your privacy.

Some images from the Bing Search Summit webcast:

I just don’t like this “US”-only thing:

 

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Bing Desktop for Windows 7

Bing Desktop is available for computers that are running Windows 7. Bing Desktop can be installed from the optional updates section in Windows Update. Bing Desktop provides an automatic update of the Windows Desktop background image to the Bing home page image each day. In addition, Bing Desktop offers an easy to access yet unobtrusive search box to streamline searching without opening the browser.

Tip: you can do a right mouse click and change the settings so that it docks on top of your screen. Only if your mouse reaches the top screen border it becomes visible.

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Bing Seeds: New Experiences in Search

This project explores ways for people to experience search that are complementary to fast, relevant search in response to queries.  In particular, these concepts focus on new ways to spend time, rather than save time on the Web.