Bing improves autocomplete suggestions for academic paper & movie title queries

Today, Bing announced improvements to its autocomplete technology for queries associated with academic papers and movies.
According to the announcement, Bing originally launched its new autocomplete features around academic paper queries earlier this year. Using technology designed by Microsoft’s Cognitive Services and Academic Search team, Bing’s new autocomplete suggestions for academic-related searches make it possible for users to, “…explore the relationships between papers, authors, topics and publications through a large object graph.”
Bing says academic queries like “find all papers by an author,” “find a paper written by particular co-authors,” or “find a paper about a specific topic presented at a conference” will surface real-time autocomplete suggestions that are “the most relevant” to the search.

For movie-related searches, Bing says its newly updated autocomplete feature helps users formulate their query by analyzing the user’s natural language input, and then determining intent (with “lightning-fast” technology) to surface the most likely interpretations.

While Bing’s previous autocomplete suggestions depended on

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Bing to censor Bing.com in the EU for Right To Be Forgotten searches

Bing announced today it has updated its policy around Right To Be Forgotten requests in the EU.
According to the announcement, Right To Be Forgotten material in the EU will be censored even on Bing.com, a change from its past policy around RTBF requests.
Previously, Bing removed material from its country-specific versions such as Bing.fr for France, or Bing.co.uk for the United Kingdom. However, people in those countries who went to Bing.com would still find Right to be Forgotten material.
With the policy updates, that is no longer the case.
Going forward, in addition to this practice, Bing will also use location-based signals (e.g., IP addresses) to delist the relevant URL on all versions of Bing, including Bing.com, for any user accessing Bing from the European country where the request originated. For example, if someone in France successfully requests delisting of a URL on Bing, in addition to delisting that URL from all applicable European versions of Bing, Bing will

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Bing confirms testing Twitter results in search results listings

A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed with Search Engine Land that they are indeed testing displaying tweets, Twitter results, in the Bing search results pages. This was first reported this morning by Ruben Gomez during his testing.
Bing is using a carousel box, similar to how Google shows tweets in their search results, to include these tweets in the Bing search listing page.
Here is a picture from Ruben:

This is what it looks without the Twitter results:

A Microsoft spokesperson told us, “We’re constantly updating and refining the Bing search experience. We’ll share more information when available.”
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Microsoft partners with HackerRank to deliver executable code in Bing search

According to a report from TechCrunch, Microsoft has partnered with the programming community website HankerRank to bring code snippets into Bing’s search results.
TechCrunch says the partnership makes it possible not only to locate code quickly via search, but also edit and execute code right from the search results page.
Search for something like “string concat C#” or a similar question and Bing will pop up the editor for you. Using the widget, you can also switch to other languages as well. Depending on the algorithm you’re looking for, the options here include C, C++, C#, Python, PHP, and Java.TechCrunch
HackerRanker co-founder Vivek Ravisankar told TechCrunch that Bing search results will return more than 80 code snippets based on the most commonly searched terms. Marcelo De Barros, Bing’s group engineering manager for UX features and shared tools, also spoke to TechCrunch, calling the new search feature a “Rosetta-stone model for programming languages.”
“In addition to learning how a certain algorithm/code is

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Bing Gears Up For 2016 Elections: Launches Candidate Pages, Political Index & Timeline

Ahead of Google, Bing has launched 2016 election-related search results with a variety of voter resources, including presidential candidate pages, a timeline for the upcoming election events, and the new Bing Political Index (BPI).
When you search on election topics, you’ll see in-depth candidate pages coupled with a unique tool called the Bing Political Index. This is the first of several 2016 election experiences we plan to bring you this year.Bing Search Blog
Bing searches for “2016 elections,” “presidential election” and “presidential race” all returned the following “Election 2016” box, where users can click on the “Bing Political Index,” “Candidates” and “Timeline” without leaving the search results page.

According to Bing, its new political index was built by the Bing Predicts team and offers insight on a candidate’s platform based on search and social data, along with analysis from Ontheissues.org.
“BPI assigns a candidate score and a public score for ten of the key issues that shape the 2016 election cycle:

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Top Searches On Bing In 2015: Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady & Paris

Following Yahoo’s lead, Bing has released its top searches in 2015 for celebrities, athletes, and news stories, along with a number of other categories.
This year, people searching on Bing for celebrities were most interested in Caitlyn Jenner, followed by Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. The only males to make Bing’s top ten celebrity searches were Chris Brown at No. 7 and Justin Bieber at No. 10.
Bing’s Top Celebrity Searches in 2015

Caitlyn Jenner
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift
Kim Richards
Kim Kardashian
Bindi Irwin
Chris Brown
Kylie Jenner
Justin Bieber
Kelly Clarkson

For the most searched athletes on Bing, Tom Brady took the lead, followed by Ronda Rousey and Jordan Spieth.
Bing’s Top Athlete Searches in 2015

Tom Brady
Ronda Rousey
Jordan Spieth
Stephen Curry
Aaron Rodgers
Serena Williams
Caroline Wozniacki
LeBron James
Danica Patrick
Cristiano Ronaldo

Bing also ranked the most popular news stories searched on the site, with topics ranging from the recent terrorist attacks in Paris to natural disasters and scientific discoveries.
Bing’s Top News Story Searches in 2015

ISIS and Paris Attacks
The EU migrant crisis
Earthquake in Nepal
Snowstorm buries NE

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Bing Launches Their Mobile-Friendly Testing Tool

Bing announced the release of their mobile friendliness test tool today. This was promised to us back in May 2015, when Bing told us they were working on a mobile-friendly Bing ranking algorithm. It was actually expected in the late summer but was delayed.
The tool evaluates a page to check if it is mobile-friendly based on these criteria:

Viewport and Zoom control configuration
Width of page content
Readability of text on the page
Spacing of links and other elements on the page
Use of incompatible plug-ins

Here is a screen shot of the tool in action. As you can see, it shows a preview of the site on the right side:

Bing has not yet announced the launch of their mobile-friendly algorithm; that may come soon.
Bing’s blog post does include a lot of detail on why a website might fail any of the above criteria, so check it out. You can access the tool at this URL.
Google launched their mobile-friendly testing tool just about

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Drop In Bing? Moving To HTTPS (SNI) Would Have Caused It

Last August, Google announced they’d be giving a small ranking boost for serving secured (HTTPS) content, in an effort to “encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.” As more and more sites migrate, Bing seems to have had trouble keeping up with uprising security methods and standards.
Bing’s Trouble Crawling TLS SNI
If your site has moved to HTTPS using an extension of TLS called SNI, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a drop in Bing crawling and rankings. This is due to, prior to this month, Bing’s inability to crawl sites with this specific implementation of site security. In fact, they’ve only been able to manually “whitelist” sites with this type of implementation. Unfortunately, this issue seems to prevent the transfer of equity to HTTPS URLs, even with proper one to one 301 redirects.
As shown below, the end result is a severe drop in crawling, ranking, and visits

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Bing To Encrypt Searches By Default & Referrer Data To Go Not Provided This Summer

Bing announced they will begin encrypting their searches over TLS. So instead of seeing referrals from http://www.bing.com, they will begin coming from https://www.bing.com.
This happens this summer and with the change, Bing will no longer pass query data to webmasters. The [not provided] saga will be expanded from Google to Bing, where marketers won’t be able to know in detail how searchers are finding their sites through the top two leading search engines.
Google began doing this over three years ago and now Bing has made the decision to make the switch.
Duane Forrester from Bing said, “while this change may impact marketers and webmasters, we believe that providing a more secure search experience for our users is important.” He added, “with this change, you will still be able to see Bing as the origin (referrer) of the encrypted traffic, though analytics tools you are using to analyze your traffic generally have their own, proprietary way of including this information

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