MGC Spam Filtering

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In today’s edition of the Bing Index Quality blog we will delve into one particular spamming technique – MGC (short for ‘machine generated content’.) We will discuss what it is, why & how spammers employ it and introduce a specific update we shipped a few months ago aimed at detecting and filtering out pages utilizing this technique. What is MGC and why/ how spammers employ it? As we mentioned in…
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Now Playing at a Theater Near You

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Finding show times and theater for a movie you want to see is easy on Bing.  Simply type in the movie and voila, we will display the information right in the search results.   But what about those times when you don’t know which movie you want to see? Or those times when you have no idea which movies are even out? Today we’re making that part much easier with a carousel*…
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Blame The Meta Keyword Tag

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I blame the meta keywords tag.  That little so-and-so started all this.  Well, the “tag” and a few crafty humans, really. The idea was pretty simple. If the keyword appeared in the meta keywords tag, the page was relevant to the topic. And, on the surface, this was a solid idea. Something useful to the systems, yet invisible to the average person. Alas, with a simple right-click, the beginnings of…
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Bing and Sing: Search Lyrics Faster

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Bing has launched a new Lyrics experience that enables you to view full lyrics* for your favorite song on the mainline search results page, without having to click through to a third party site or spend time figuring out which blue link on the page will yield quality lyrics.   You can also view the artist, album and other song related information on the snapshot alongside the main search results….
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Part 2 – Bring your maps to life: Creating animations with Bing Maps (.NET)

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In a recent blog post, you saw how to use JavaScript and CSS3 to create custom animations. Now you’ll see how to create the same custom animations for a Windows Store app using .NET.  You are in luck, as all of these animations can be used with the Bing Maps WPF control as well with just a few tweaks. You can find the complete source code for this blog post…
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Extrapolating Malware Detection with Rollup

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Protecting Bing users from malware is a top priority for the Index Quality team. To that end, we analyze every signal available to us and determine not only whether the page is infected, but also whether it runs at a high risk of infection at a future date. One of the key elements of this analysis is discovering clues about potential vulnerabilities on the ‘container’ hosting the page that could…
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Bing App for iPhone Refresh: Translate the Web and Enjoy the Beauty of the Bing Homepage

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A new version of the Bing app for iPhone is now available for download from the Apple App Store.   With this release, we were able to take advantage of the extensibility possible in iOS8 making it easier to extend the reach and functionality of Bing on iPhone. Let’s take a look at what’s new Translate the Web to Your Native Language from the Bing App or Safari Whether you’re traveling in a foreign…
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It’s On Us

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Here is a deeply troubling statistic:  1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college. At the White House earlier today, President Obama urged all Americans to stand up against sexual assault on college and university campuses. Microsoft is pleased to be a partner in the effort of “It’s On Us,” a private-public partnership formed in response to this call to action between the Center…
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Beginning the Next Phase of Image Search

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At Bing, we’re constantly striving to make your search experience better.  In order to do this, we spend a lot of time examining what you’re trying to accomplish. When it comes to image search, we know that when you conduct a search you’re either looking for a specific image or you’re looking to browse and explore across a range of different topics.  We refer to these primary intents as hunting…
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Get Ready for Fall Sports with New Imagery on Bing Maps

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Last month we announced that we’d recently surpassed the 100-city mark for both our Streetside imagery and our 3D cities. This month we’re adding even more new places to visit, including a number of cities where big time professional and college sports are part of the fall calendar. Whether you’re going to the big game or watching on television photorealistic imagery on Bing Maps is a great way to enhance…
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