Ars Technica: Microsoft open sources algorithm that gives Bing some of its smarts

Ars Technica: Microsoft open sources algorithm that gives Bing some of its smarts. “Microsoft has released today the SPTAG [Space Partition Tree and Graph] algorithm as MIT-licensed open source on GitHub. This code is proven and production-grade, used to answer questions in Bing. Developers can use this algorithm to search their own sets of vectors and do so quickly: a single machine can handle 250 million vectors and answer 1,000 queries per second. There are some samples and explanations in Microsoft’s AI Lab, and Azure will have a service using the same algorithms.”

Bing Blog: See the Road Ahead with Traffic Camera Images on Bing Maps

Bing Blog: See the Road Ahead with Traffic Camera Images on Bing Maps. “The Bing Maps Routing and Traffic Team is constantly working to make navigation and route planning easier! Hot on the heels of our previous announcement about traffic coloring, the Bing Maps team is proud to announce that we have made it possible for users to access traffic camera images along a planned driving route! You can now see traffic camera icons along a short to moderate-length route. By clicking on a traffic camera icon, you can view the latest image from the traffic camera at that location.”

Bing Blogs: Microsoft Releases 12 million Canadian building footprints as Open Data

Bing Blogs: Microsoft Releases 12 million Canadian building footprints as Open Data. “Bing continues to invest and innovate in the space of computer vision and geospatial intelligence. Following our release of US buildings footprints last year, we’ve been looking for new markets to apply our techniques, and opportunities to continue our commitment to the open data community. As a result, the Bing Maps Team collaborated with Statistics Canada to deliver these 12 million building footprints, released as Open Data!”

bingbot Series: Get your content indexed fast by now submitting up to 10,000 URLs per day to Bing (Bing Blog)

Bing Blog: bingbot Series: Get your content indexed fast by now submitting up to 10,000 URLs per day to Bing. Bing Blog sounds like the noise your doorbell would make if it had a head cold. “For many years, Bing has offered all webmasters the ability to submit their site URLs through the Bing Webmaster Tools portal as well as the Bing Webmaster Tools API for immediate crawl and indexation. Until today, this feature was throttled for all sites to submit maximum of 10 URLs per day and maximum of 50 URLs per month. Today we are releasing the Adaptive URL submission feature that increases the daily quota by 1000x, allowing you to submit up to 10,000 URLs per day, with no monthly quotas.”

Bing Blogs: Location, location, location!

Bing Blogs: Location, location, location! . “The Bing Maps team has been hard at work releasing three new REST APIs that bring the power of location-based search to maps scenarios – Bing Maps Location Recognition, Bing Maps Local Search API and Bing Maps Local Insights API. Let’s go into detail about each of these APIs and see examples of how they can be used to light up new, location-related possibilities.”

Ubergizmo: Microsoft’s Bing Now Accessible In China Again

Ubergizmo: Microsoft’s Bing Now Accessible In China Again. “It was previously reported that Microsoft’s Bing had suddenly stopped working in China. It was suggested that it was due to DNS corruption, which apparently is one of the ways that the Chinese government goes about censoring websites in China. However it seems that this could have really been nothing more than just a technical issue.”