PC World: Microsoft Bing’s Black Friday research tools are hit-and-miss. “With Black Friday just (gulp!) a week away, Microsoft’s Bing search engine is launching tools to help with your shopping: a searchable index of deals, phone comparisons, and shortcuts to roundups of the best products. Unfortunately, Bing doesn’t currently seem to provide what you’re probably hoping for: a searchable list of Black Friday prices by item, together with the dates and times they’re available. It appears you’ll still have to do all the legwork yourself.”
Business Insider Australia: We compared Google Search with Bing and DuckDuckGo to find the best search engine out there — and the race was closer than we expected. “Switching your search engine is not something to be taken lightly – it’s our internet lifeblood. We rely daily on algorithms we don’t understand to surface the exact article we’re looking for. And if for some reason it’s not at the top of our results – even if the search we entered was a half-baked string of words – we get frustrated.”
How-To Geek: Bing Is Pushing Malware When You Search for Chrome. “You launch Edge on your new PC, search for ‘download Chrome,’ and click the first result headed to ‘google.com’ on Bing. You’re now on a phishing website pushing malware, disguised to look like the Chrome download page.”
Wired: I Used Only Bing for 3 Months. Here’s What I Found—and What I Didn’t. “There’s also never been a better time to give Bing an honest appraisal. If Google’s data-hoovering didn’t creep you out before, its attitude toward location tracking and Google+ privacy failings should. And while privacy-focused search options like DuckDuckGo go further to solve that problem, Bing is the most full-featured alternative out there. It’s the logical first stop on the express train out of Googletown. A minor spoiler: This isn’t an excuse to dunk on Bing. It’s also not an extended ‘Actually, Bing Is Good’ counterpoint. It’s just one person’s attempt to figure out what Bing is today, and why.”
The Verge: Bing and Yahoo are suggesting offensive searches. “Bing and Yahoo, which is powered by Bing, are both suggesting offensive content within their search features. How-To Geek spotted that Bing’s image search is serving up suggestions for related topics that contain racist terms, the sexualization of minors, and otherwise offensive content. The Verge then found that this problem extends to Yahoo: its homepage search box includes an autocomplete feature that populates racist phrases, and the results often prioritize the company’s Yahoo Answers posts that contain offensive material.” As you might imagine, the article contains / links to a lot of offensive content.
Search Engine Land: Bing votes ‘no’ on political candidate and ballot measure ads. “Bing’s decision to block U.S. political candidate and ballot measure ads impacts any U.S. candidate or political organization as they will not be able to run advertising campaigns on the country’s second most popular search engine. ‘The regulatory environment for political candidate and ballot measure advertising is likely to continue to evolve rapidly in the coming months, making it complex to adhere with precision,’ wrote Microsoft’s VP of global partner service for advertising sales, Kya Sainsbury-Carter, on the Bing Search blog.”
Search Engine Land: Augmented reality artist creates sculptures using Bing search. “Using the Bing Search API and a proprietary AR platform, an artist created sculptures composed entirely of dynamic search images customized in real time.”