Washington Post: Scams are showing up at the top of online searches

Washington Post: Scams are showing up at the top of online searches. “Add one more to the list of online places bad guys are hiding: the very top of search results. Nasty scams and malware are preying on your trust by hiding behind the ads that sit on top of search pages. Google, DuckDuckGo and Bing are being paid to put them in front of us, and they haven’t figured out how to stop it.” The link I’ve put in this item is a gift article, so you’ll be able to read it even if you’re not a WP subscriber.

New Bing Map Experiences: Distance Calculator, Gas Prices and Parking Finder (Bing Blogs)

Bing Blogs: New Bing Map Experiences: Distance Calculator, Gas Prices and Parking Finder. “Let’s take a little trip. It is raining in Seattle today (surprise, surprise), so we have decided to head to San Diego for the weekend as the weather should be better there. The first thing we want to do is figure out how far it is from Seattle to San Diego, as well as find nearby gas stations with an easy map experience. We’ve heard the drive is beautiful, especially along the Oregon coast, so let’s calculate the driving distance using the Bing Maps Distance Calculator.”

BusinessWire: Nextdoor announces first API partnership with Microsoft to deliver hyperlocal neighborhood content to users (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Nextdoor announces first API partnership with Microsoft to deliver hyperlocal neighborhood content to users (PRESS RELEASE). “Going forward, trending public posts from Nextdoor will be integrated directly into Microsoft properties, delivering engaging local neighborhood content to Microsoft users in the United States. For example, people using Microsoft Bing, Microsoft Start Feed, or MSN in their preferred city will be able to view Nextdoor content for that specific area.”

Bada Bing, Bada Boom: Microsoft Bing’s Chinese Political Censorship of Autosuggestions in North America (Citizen Lab)

Thanks very much to Geoff K. for getting this on my radar: Bada Bing, Bada Boom: Microsoft Bing’s Chinese Political Censorship of Autosuggestions in North America. “We analyzed Microsoft Bing’s autosuggestion system for censorship of the names of individuals, finding that, outside of names relating to eroticism, the second largest category of names censored from appearing in autosuggestions were those of Chinese party leaders, dissidents, and other persons considered politically sensitive in China.”

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing

Bing Blogs: New updates to the Ethical Shopping hub on Microsoft Bing. “We first released this experience last year in the UK, and today are excited to announce we’ve expanded to more places – the US and Canada in English. As a reminder, the hub provides fashion customers with categories like eco-friendly, upcycled, or fair-trade fashion, as well as providing all-up ratings for how ethical a given brand is, where possible.”

Bleeping Computer: Lapsus$ hackers leak 37GB of Microsoft’s alleged source code

Bleeping Computer: Lapsus$ hackers leak 37GB of Microsoft’s alleged source code. “The Lapsus$ hacking group claims to have leaked the source code for Bing, Cortana, and other projects stolen from Microsoft’s internal Azure DevOps server. Early Sunday morning, the Lapsus$ gang posted a screenshot to their Telegram channel indicating that they hacked Microsoft’s Azure DevOps server containing source code for Bing, Cortana, and various other internal projects.”

Reuters: China requires Microsoft’s Bing to suspend auto-suggest feature

Reuters: China requires Microsoft’s Bing to suspend auto-suggest feature. “Microsoft Corp’s Bing, the only major foreign search engine available in China, said a ‘relevant government agency’ has required it to suspend its auto-suggest function in China for seven days. The suspension marks the second of its kind for Bing since December, and arrives amid an ongoing crackdown on technology platforms and algorithms from Beijing.”

Following Google’s lead: Microsoft axes Russia Today and bans state-owned media ads (CityAM)

City AM: Following Google’s lead: Microsoft axes Russia Today and bans state-owned media ads. “Microsoft have stated in a blog post that it will be removing Russian state-owned media outlet RT’s mobile apps from the Windows App store, as well as cutting ads on Russian state-sponsored media…. Microsoft said it would not display any state-sponsored RT and Sputnik content, de-rank search results on Bing and not place any ads from its ad network on those sites.”

Bing Blogs: Get informed and inspired for your next trip with fewer clicks

Bing Blogs: Get informed and inspired for your next trip with fewer clicks. “Spring is almost here, and with it comes new opportunities for adventures near and far. Wherever and however you want to explore, Microsoft Bing has new rich and immersive experiences that help you find ideas without having to spend hours on the web seeking them. These new features span Microsoft Bing, so wherever you roam, quick inspiration and information remain only a few clicks away.”

Bing Blog: Save time online with Page insights from Microsoft Bing

Bing Blog: Save time online with Page insights from Microsoft Bing. “For example, imagine you’re curious about Mars and space exploration, but don’t have a specific question in mind. Search “Mars mission NASA” and hover over the lightbulb icon for a promising-looking link. You’ll get a Page insights pane that helps you verify that the source is relevant to your needs, helps you get caught up to speed at a glance on top factoids you didn’t know about, and lets you jump straight to the relevant section of the page when you click ‘Read more’ for a specific question.” It’s a little sensitive — giraffe as a search gets you no additional information but giraffes does — but the information quality and presentation is impressive.