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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 7, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 7, 2012

Friday is here once again, marking the beginning of the weekend. We need it too - we were traveling all around the country from press event to press event this week. Today, no such event took place, but that doesn't mean there was a lack of noteworthy news. There were tons of iPhone 5 rumors and news today, starting with the rumor that we might see one or two iPod lines get updated at Apple's upcoming press event. Speaking of that press event, Apple has started to prepare the Yerba Buena Center for its September 12 conference, and today we were told that the pricing structure of one of the iPhone 5's models might be similar to that of the iPhone 4S.

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Kindle Fire HD snubs Google with Bing integration

Kindle Fire HD snubs Google with Bing integration

There's still a lot we don't know about the Kindle Fire HD, but we've been finding out more piece by piece since the tablet was revealed yesterday. One detail that has surfaced today is that the Kindle Fire HD will be swapping default search engines. Amazon has updated the Silk browser, and with it comes the swap - Ubergizmo reports that Bing is now the default search engine for Silk, and by extension, the Kindle Fire family.

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Microsoft integrates Facebook tagging into Bing search results

Microsoft integrates Facebook tagging into Bing search results

There a lot of things that people all around the world search for daily using a search engine such as Google or Bing that could benefit from more personalized results from offered by friends. For instance, if you're looking for a good Italian restaurant in your city, it would help greatly to know if your personal friends on Facebook know one and have eaten there rather than simply relying on addresses returned in search results.

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Microsoft invites press to “Major Announcement” for Monday

Microsoft invites press to “Major Announcement” for Monday

This morning the press has been invited to a Microsoft media event that will take place in Los Angeles on the 18th of this month - that being this Monday. This event is being announced with what Microsoft is making out to be a super-secret cover, allowing attendees only to know the name of the city it'll be in until the morning-of, when the actual venue will be revealed. This event takes place just one week after Apple started their Worldwide Developers Conference off with a keynote that revealed both new hardware and new software for future systems.

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Bing adds Britannica Online Encyclopedia answers to search

Bing adds Britannica Online Encyclopedia answers to search

Microsoft's Bing search engine has added a new feature to make it easier for people using the search engine the find details on things they search for. Bing has added Britannica Online Encyclopedia Answers to search results. The search results are part of the partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica and provide details and a thumbnail image of items people search for.

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SlashGear 101: What is So.cl?

SlashGear 101: What is So.cl?

Microsoft has taken the covers off of their brand new "social searching" network in collaboration with Bing to bring you results that the whole social web generates. This is not a social network, nor is it a search engine - instead what you've got is a way to post news bits for your friends - or whatever you like, but mostly news bits we're going to go ahead and guess, and Bing will power it all. What makes this engine different from any other news sharing service out there, then?

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Bing takes Twitter and Facebook but leaves the G+

Bing takes Twitter and Facebook but leaves the G+

Google products will be a thing of the past if Microsoft's Bing has anything to say about it - or at least that's what it appears like the software giant is attempting to make a reality with their newest update. In this update as you might well already know, Bing as a search engine will soon be transforming into a social network searching engine in addition to having the abilities it already totes. What's not included, it seems, are results from Google's many services, including what Google's search engine yields first and foremost: the Google+ social network and results from it.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 10, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. It's time for the evening wrap-up, where we look back at the most interesting and noteworthy stories of the day, and it's not often we see a story this interesting - NASA finds mysterious "hidden planet." And onto something that falls more on the 'noteworthy' side of things... Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay. And now onto something for the gaming fans - Nintendo slashes DSi and DSi XL pricing.

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Microsoft madness: Bing buoyant amid Browser brouhaha

Microsoft madness: Bing buoyant amid Browser brouhaha

It's a strange world: Microsoft has, in the space of a day, been accused of being up to its old tricks in closed-off anti competitiveness, and praised for its openness and flexibility. On the one hand, Mozilla and Google are up in arms about their browsers not having the same flexibility as Internet Explorer does in Windows RT, the version of the upcoming OS Microsoft expects to see on iPad-rivalling tablets and ultraportables. On the other, the Bing refresh is seeing favorable comparisons between it and Google's contentious Search plus Your World refresh earlier this year.

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