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Bing mobile search gets HTML5 enhancements for iOS and Android

The Bing team has just delivered a major update to its mobile search. m.bing.com now utilizes HTML5 tech to deliver better image and iOS app search, as well as realtime directions and transit info to Android and iOS users. It gets better, too. If the update situation for Windows Phone 7 wasn't bad enough, the official blog post offers this sad-trombone style news for WP7 users: "If you have a...

Add a keyboard shortcut to a Chrome bookmark or bookmarklet

It occurred to us, after writing yesterday's list of Chrome keyboard shortcuts, that there was one glaring omission: bookmark shortcuts. Not only does the Bookmark Bar take up valuable real estate, but no one really wants to click through folders of bookmarks to find what you're looking for. Now, Firefox has 'Smart bookmarks', which lets you add a keyword to a bookmark. Chrome, however,...

Google updates search to massively bias original content

Google has just made a change to its search engine that noticeably impacts 12% of all queries. Yet again, it is aimed at reducing the prevalence of non-original content farm content in search results. It also heavily biases sites with "original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis," increasing their chance of being at the top. This only affects google.com...

Google stirs cooking recipes into search results

Google's latest search trick is recognizing recipes in search results, and showing you a quick overview of a recipe before you even click through. Thanks to some XML tricks, you'll soon be able to see ingredients, ratings and thumbnail images for recipes right in your search results. Google's recipe search also has some advanced options (found in the search sidebar), including filters for...

BTDigg, the first DHT 'trackerless' decentralized torrent search engine

Despite DHT being included in major BitTorrent clients for years, the very first 'trackerless' torrent search engine has only just launched: BTDigg. DHT is a decentralized and distributed technology that enables users to download files from nearby peers without contacting a central tracker. BTDigg crawls the massive DHT network, hopping from peer to peer, and slowly builds up an index of...

BPI sends Google cease-and-desist order: 'Hey, stop indexing MP3s!'

The BPI -- Britain's equivalent of the American RIAA -- has sent a cease-and-desist order to Google, demanding that it removes links to one-click hosting sites with copyrighted MP3s from its search results. The DMCA notice (which you can read in full at Chilling Effects) cites 38 copyrighted works that are all easily found using simple Google searches. The cease-and-desist even lists the search...

Google lets us wallpaper the Search page - I set mine to a Bing screenshot

Last month, we had some fun with Google's explanation of their recent redesign of search results, but it looks like Google isn't quite done yet with not copying Bing. In their quest to make their search engine sexier and more appealing to the fickle masses, Google's now begun to let users add a background image of their choosing to the main search landing page. Is this cool? Yes. Is it copying...

Nintendo and Google partner up for a search engine game...

In what must be one of the oddest collaborations ever, Google and Nintendo have joined forces to create a search engine game. No, you don't earn Nintendo stars by searching on Google.com -- rather, this is a full, standalone game for the Nintendo Wii! The game consists of players competing to guess the most popular search terms, from a list. There are even additional, downloadable challenges......

Microsoft and Facebook renegotiate advertising and Bing integration

Microsoft and Facebook have worked together for two and a half years now, with Microsoft selling display ads on the social network. In a newly-announced deal Facebook will be taking over responsibility for selling their own display ads -- which makes sense given that they've got their own ad network. Microsoft's Bing web search service will be extended to Facebook worldwide, and Microsoft will...

Out of Beta: Gettin' Twingly Wit It

Today, the blog search engine Twingly has officially come out of beta. Twingly allows you to search for the "Best of Blogs", with spam free results, the company says. The folks at Twingly are also announcing their new widget platform that lets you turn any search result into a widget quickly. See an example here. We're not sure how "spam free" this is, or what type of technology they use to make...

SuperCook helps you with tonight's dinner

Having trouble coming up with what to cook for dinner tonight? Maybe SuperCook can help. SuperCook is a search engine designed to find recipes based on the ingredients you have in your kitchen. On the site you enter what you have, and then SuperCook will tell you what you can make. Recipes are divided by Starters, Entrees, and Desserts and list any additional items you might need beside their...

Ask gets a clock in local searches

Ask has a helpful little feature in all searches that have to do with local information. A clock is now embedded on the right hand side of the screen, with the time clicking by in seconds. The date is also present, with current weather conditions underneath. Thanks Ask. This is an extremely handy feature when researching new locations for travel or business, and a first of its kind for search...

Audio samples now in Yahoo! Audio Search

Yahoo has brought audio samples into the Yahoo! Audio Search. Adding to song titles, artist names, album titles, and lyrics, millions of samples are now available to play though an instant playback button beside search results. Audio samples can be heard by selecting Audio from the 'more' dropdown at Yahoo!'s main site. Upon clicking the search results 'Play Sample' button, a 30 second clip loads...

Google working on search engine for mobile content

Google is yet again adding to its ever growing list of services -- but the latest product in the works makes a lot of sense. The search giant is working on a niche search engine that will help cellphone users find ringtones, games, and other mobile content. Google already provides a version of its internet search engine optimized for mobile devices with smaller screens and slower internet...

Yahoo! adds new suggest search feature

Yahoo! has added suggestions to its search bar. In other words, as you type your query, Yahoo! will pull up several possible suggestions. Scroll your mouse over the word and save yourself some valuable typing time. This also comes in handy if you have horrible spelling. The new search function is almost identical to Google's, with two exceptions. Google Suggest is only available through Google...