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September 4, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Getty sues Microsoft, claims Bing tool leads to “massive infringement”

Update Sept. 8: Microsoft has removed the Bing Image Widget following Getty’s filing of its lawsuit last week. Microsoft issued a statement, saying: “We have temporarily removed the Bing Image Widget beta so we can take time to talk with Getty Images and better understand its concerns.”

From earlier:

Getty Images filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming that Microsoft’s recently launched Bing Image Widget infringes on, and facilitates the “massive infringement” of, copyrights.

Bing Image Widget, which Microsoft launched about Aug. 22, allows website owners to embed a panel on their sites that displays images brought up using the Bing search engine.

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October 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Bing Ads team talks about Yahoo partnership, “Hero ads,” search ad strategies

[This post is being updated throughout the day.]

Land Rover is one of the companies partnering with Microsoft on the Bing Ads "Hero ads" pilot program. (Photo from Microsoft)

Land Rover is one of the companies partnering with Microsoft on the Bing Ads “Hero ads” pilot program. (Photo from Microsoft)

Is the Bing-Yahoo partnership like a good marriage that sometimes hits rough spots? Or is it more like a marriage in which at least one of the partners is seeking a divorce?

The partnership between Microsoft’s Bing and Yahoo was one of the topics of conversation during the Bing Ads Next Summit, a day-long event on the Microsoft campus in which  the Bing Ads team is talking with online and search marketing execs and press about its accomplishments and plans for the next year.

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September 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Bing gets new logo, page redesign

Microsoft has been pushing Bing heavily lately, from touting the more powerful search experience it provides in the upcoming Windows 8.1 to promoting it as a platform for developers. Now, Bing is getting a new look too. Microsoft is giving Bing a new logo and a page redesign. The new logo, according to Microsoft, is designed to reflect…

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September 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

What do all the MSN cuts mean for its future direction?

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Sept. 14, 2013.] MSN is cutting a substantial number of its freelancers, contractors and vendors — all apparently in a move away from providing original content as Microsoft focuses on becoming a devices and services company. Notices were given this week about the cuts, effective…

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August 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Microsoft launches ad-free Bing for Schools

Matt Wallaert, behavioral scientist at Microsoft, has been part of the team working on Bing for Schools. (John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist at Microsoft, has been part of the team working on Bing for Schools. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

I wrote earlier this week about Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist at Microsoft who’s been trying to figure out ways to make Bing easier to use and to wean people off of automatically going to Google for their searches.

Today, Microsoft announced the launch of Bing for Schools, one of the projects Wallaert has been working on.

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August 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Social scientists finding new roles in tech companies amid rise of social networks, big data

[In case you missed it, this story ran in the print edition of The Seattle Times on Aug. 18, 2013.] Matt Wallaert is not a software engineer. Nor is he a programmer or developer. Still, it’s not unusual for him to get calls regularly from tech companies looking to recruit him. Wallaert is a social scientist —…

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July 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Windows 8.1 Smart Search to include ads

Here's an example of what Bing Ads within Windows 8.1 Smart Search looks like. (Photo from Microsoft)

Here’s an example of what Bing Ads within Windows 8.1 Smart Search looks like. (Image from Microsoft)

One of the features of Windows 8.1 that the Microsoft folks tout the most is Smart Search, the ability to search a user’s local files, cloud-based files, apps and the Web all at once.

Now Microsoft is revealing that the Smart Search feature will also include ads.

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