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First POST: Burrowing

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, October 14 2014

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. Read More

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Bing Denies Censoring Chinese Search Results Worldwide...Again

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, February 12 2014

Chinese version of the Bing search engine

Recent research by the nonprofit organization Great Fire shows that Bing is censoring English and Chinese search engine results on sensitive topics like the Falun Gong, not only in China but globally. Microsoft—which owns and operates Bing—has issued a statement to Business Insider denying these accusations and blaming the search results on a system error. Great Fire has responded in turn, in short saying that Microsoft is being both dishonest and evasive.

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First POST: Intellectuals

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, December 12 2013

Why you should get off Facebook; where the women tech intellectuals are at; the PCCC gets poked and prodded; NYC's police crime data policy gets stopped and frisked; and much, much more. Read More

Bing Pulse Aims to Give Real-Time Public Reaction to SOTU

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, February 12 2013

Tonight during President Obama's State of the Union speech, Microsoft's Bing search platform will be offering users a potentially intriguing way to register their response to the President's words: a real-time sentiment tracker that will produce an aggregated trend line of people's reactions, called Bing Pulse. "It's almost like an online dial group," says Adam Sohn, Bing's general manager. "You'll be able to vote every couple of seconds, positive, neutral or negative. And we'll be showing that on a live ticker at bing.com/politics, alongside the speech." Read More

#SupportJapan: Thou Shall Not Build Traffic from Tragedy

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, March 15 2011

Is this really bad corporate social media behavior? Or an overheated enforecement by the Twitter police of unformed norms? After pushback, the folks behind Microsoft's Bing apologized for offering to contribute up to ... Read More