In an interview, Stefan Weitz, director of the Microsoft Search team developing Bing, talked about its differences from the previous Microsoft Live Search. Weitz said they're pretty significant. With Bing, they looked at what customers are actually doing when they search. They're No. 3 in a three-horse race. People didn't know their brand, not nearly enough to try and adopt it. So they looked at what searchers were doing and saw the issues people were having. With Bing, they want to first make clear which links for standard core searches are the good ones. They want better relevancy. Basically, the crawlers go over the Web following links and attempting to index. Certain domains change rapidly, like news sites or real-time feeds, etc. The news section of Bing is a different user experience. The news section is probably more dynamic with frequency spiking. The major tweaks they promote let folks know that they're there. Bing has ramped up its experimentation significantly.
> Focus on Publishing Celebrating Open Access Week > What’s New Kindle DX: Amazon’s Latest Ebook Reader > Database Review Bing: Contender or Just Bling Page 17 Page 26 Page 44 October 2009 Vol. 26 | Issue 9 News Briefs A Political Revolution Goes Viral … Not So Fast by MICHAEL BAUMANN | networking in particular) would bring democracy to autocratic states CrossRef I t’s the enduring image of the the world over. Leads Initiative summer in international poli- But the protests eventually died to Archive tics, the mob of Iranian students down, and with them the emerging Discontinued taking to the streets in support of groupthink about the world’s first Articles candidate Mir-Houssein Mousavi, internet revolution. So after having 3 crying out against the alleged elec- had a few months to reflect on it, tion fraud committed by incumbent what difference did social network- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ing actually make in promoting The video of a young woman’s democracy in Iran? Springer death, circulated widely on Twitter None at all, says Evgeny Moro- Expands and YouTube, swept through the zov, a Belarusian journalist and Fel- Chinese Library Western imagination. Indeed, it low at the Open Society Institute. of Science seemed as though Neda Agha-Soltan According to Morozov, the impact of 3 would be the silent martyr of the Twitter as an organizational tool or Iranian election protests, much the rallying cry for Iranian revolution- way “Tank Man” was to Tianan- aries has been grossly overstated. Will the Real Tehran ulist revolutionaries; the internet men Square in 1989. “Most people are accessing the came to the forefront in the Orange Seemingly overnight, the West- internet in Iran to download pornog- Twitterers Please Stand Up? Revolution in Ukraine in 2004, and CAS Registry Reaches ern media were consumed with talk raphy,” Morozov says. “They’re not Iran is not the first place where again earlier this year in Moldova. a Milestone of a “Twitter Revolution,” spreading going to download some complaint the internet has supposedly churned 3 hope that the internet (and social from Amnesty International.” up a previously dormant sea of pop- (continued on page 52) Information Barnes v. Yahoo!: Much Ado Inside Today, Inc. Acquires Search Engine Meeting About Third-Party Content With Stefan Weitz 4 by DAVID MIRCHIN | significant others, but more impor- tantly, it also concerns those in the Putting the Almost everyone has experienced business of providing internet serv- Innodata a bad breakup, and perhaps a few are even guilty (or have been a victim) ices that allow for contributions from third parties or any kind of user- Bling Into Bing Isogen Signs of less-than-decent ways of getting generated content. Ebook Contract by BARBARA QUINT | back at a former significant other. The importance of the Barnes 4 However, it is less likely that you case is that websites may no longer In setting up my interview with have been subjected to any guerilla be able to dismiss claims easily with Stefan Weitz, a director on the tactics due to the 9th Circuit Court’s respect to defamatory content on Microsoft Search team developing recent opinion in Barnes v. Yahoo!, their site. The bottom line is that Bing, I forwarded him a copy of the NewsMakers Inc. It’s a case that should concern UpFront With Barbara Quint col- 29 those dealing with disgruntled ex- (continued on page 24) umn (“You Say You Want A Deci- sion Support Engine?”) in the Sep- Check out the tember 2009 IT that found Bing somewhat wanting. highlights from the Of the two searches covered in latest conferences the column, one involved a food poi- soning scare with Nestlé’s refriger- beginning on ated Toll House cookie dough; the second involved finding a restaurant page 32. PERMIT NO. 450 SO. JERSEY, NJ 08031 US POSTAGE PAID (continued on page 22) STANDARD PRESORTED 22 InformationToday October 2009 www.infotoday.com news stories. In the second case, Bing bottom—I don’t like that treatment and found the “Tour d’Argent,” but Google not I know we are going to change). only found it, it al
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