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Microsoft So.cl opens social search for all

Microsoft So.cl opens social search for all

Microsoft's So.cl social network and companion search tool has exited beta, promising to integrate comprehensive data gathering into a research tool ideal for students and knowledge addicts. Unveiled back in December 2011, So.cl was described at the time as a way of creating "montages of visual web content" by tagging search results and seeing other suggested topics from fellow researchers. However, Microsoft continues to insist that So.cl is intended to live alongside - not replace - your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account.

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Google overhauls search with new knowledge graph

Google overhauls search with new knowledge graph

Google announced today that it will be overhauling its search in the next few days to incorporate what they call a knowledge graph. The new format places context-sensitive information about the search to the right of of the list of conventional search results. Those contextual results will allow users to more quickly drill down to what they're looking for.

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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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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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Bing reborn: New UI, Facebook and Google+ integration, more

Bing reborn: New UI, Facebook and Google+ integration, more

Microsoft has launched a new version of its Bing search engine, giving it a Windows 8-style UI refresh and integrating social networks so that searchers can factor in the opinions of their friends. "Research tells us that 90% of people consult with a friend or expert before making a decision" Microsoft said of the Bing changes. "The challenge has been to figure out how to integrate the information you care about with the people who can be most helpful to you in getting stuff done." Full details after the cut.

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Google News adds real time updates and Google+ comments

Google News adds real time updates and Google+ comments

Google is constantly working behind the scenes to improve its services, and today it seems fate has smiled on Google News. Google has posted to its blog detailing the latest changes to Google News, which includes real time news updates, Google+ comments on news items, and a boost in the default size of images. The changes have already taken place for some, and for everyone else in the US they’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks.

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Yahoo CEO gets resume grilling

Yahoo CEO gets resume grilling

Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo! and former president of Paypal, has come under fire recently after it was discovered that he doesn’t have the computer science degree that he claimed to have earned on his résumé. It was revealed that Thompson has a degree in accounting from Stonehill College, but not a degree in “accounting and computer science” as had previously been thought.

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Google plans bank, credit card comparison service for consumers

Google plans bank, credit card comparison service for consumers

Google will be launching a new comparison tool for users that will make it easier to find the best deals in banking services and credit cards. The new service builds on Google's acquisition of Beat That Quote and looks to compete against sites like Money Supermarket, Compare the Market, and Go Compare. Unfortunately for comparison shoppers in the US, the service will initially be available only in the UK.

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Google Easter Eggs live on in infamy

Google Easter Eggs live on in infamy

This week the Starcraft fans amongst us are being treated to Google's newest Easter Egg hidden in their own fun-loving search engine - newest as in there's a whole lot more where that came from. Google has for years added little bits of intelligent oddity in with their everyday set of powerful services for search, mapping, and media managing. Today you'll want to head to Google and search for the term "zerg rush" and see what happens - then have a peek below at the rest of the eggs hidden all over the big G all day long - bring on your ships, kekeke!

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Google’s latest easter egg: Zerg Rush

Google’s latest easter egg: Zerg Rush

Quick! Go type “do a barrel roll” into Google. Fun, right? Google has added their latest easter egg which is in the same vein. If you go to Google today and type in “zerg rush”, you’ll be met with a wave of O’s representing zerglings attacking the results. In order to defeat them and protect your “base”, you’ll need to frantically click on them. Careful though: the numbers rapidly increase no matter how awesome your APM count is.

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