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Bing Puts a ‘Pin It’ Button on Image Searches (SocialTimes)
Bing will now allow Pinterest users to pin images directly from the image search results to their boards, the company announced Friday. “Last fall, we hosted a group of lifestyle and design bloggers at the Bing headquarters to better understand their search and social media habits,” explained Bing program manager Chen Fang in a blog post. “What we discovered is a community that does more than its fair share of image searches, with much of it tied to Pinterest. They shared some of the hassles they face, and that finding efficient ways to hunt down original, high-resolution images and filtering image results were some of their pain points.” TechCrunch One nice aspect of the new “Pin to Pinterest” feature is that it automatically gives credit to the right source and links back to the high-resolution source and not to Bing itself. Microsoft also says that its advanced search features will make it easier for Pinterest users to find images and sort them by size, color, layout and more. The Next Web It’s an interesting proposition for Pinterest users eager to explore new content. Microsoft is betting that users will be drawn to its search engine because the feature saves them the hassle of copying and pasting links, letting them share what they find with just a few clicks. VentureBeat In related Bing news, malicious search results are a constant problem for search engines, and Google is a whole lot better at filtering them out than Bing. So says a report from German research firm AV-Test, which found that Bing served up five times as many malicious sites in search results than Google did over an 18-month period. ZDNet The 10.9 million searches using Google delivered 272 malware infected websites, while the 10.9 million Bing searches returned 1,285. The 13.6 million searches on Yandex resulted in 3,330 malware infected sites.
Facebook Home is Now Available on Select Android Devices (AllFacebook)
Facebook Home was available Friday on the HTC First, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsfung Galaxy Note II. For Android users who don’t have these phones, you can still enjoy Chat Heads, which is a prominent messaging feature on Facebook Home. Verge Facebook has released a new commercial with an unusual star — CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The company’s “Launch Day” ad, published to the web, sees Zuckerberg deliver an address to his employees prior to the release of Facebook Home. Forbes While the Home software is meant to revolutionize a user’s mobile experience via social networking, the newsfeed change is more about improving Facebook’s aesthetics and overall ease of use. As one Facebook spokesperson put it: “If this [newsfeed redesign] is a success, it’s going to be something that most people don’t really even notice.”
Tumblr User Sorry for Spying on New Owners of his Stolen Laptop (The Daily Dot)
British animator Dom Deltorto has issued an apology a day after his single-serving Tumblr — “Dom’s Laptop is in Iran” — went viral. On Feb. 4, Deltorto’s London home was burglarized.
Social Media Fuels Graffiti Vandalism at Popular National Park (CNN)
Hundreds of acres of winding trails and giant boulders are closed at a popular site in Joshua Tree National Park. And social media is playing a role.
How Paywalls Give Local TV Stations a Mobile Advantage: A Sacramento Case Study (LostRemote)
As a former Sacramento resident who lives in Seattle, naturally I’m interested in what happens with the struggle over the Sacramento Kings. Since I consume most of my news on mobile, I decided to download an iPhone app from the Sacramento Bee to complement the coverage on Twitter.
Celebrity Social Media Firm Ad.ly Predicts $5M in Revenue After Embracing Analytics (paidContent)
Ad.ly has found a second form of income through licensing the company’s analytics platform — tools that can help brand track how mentions on Twitter and Facebook ripple down from a celebrity to their fans. “We had an activation business, but we didn’t have a data management platform. Now, we do. … It’s a logical extension of the celebrity tweet business,” said CEO Walter Delph in an interview in San Francisco.
Judge Rules New Jersey Blogger is Protected by the State’s Shield Law (NJ.com)
In a decision that could impact bloggers across New Jersey, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a self-declared citizen watchdog who writes stinging critiques of Union County government has the same legal protections as a professional journalist. While questioning the quality and tone of the writing in Tina Renna’s blog posts, Judge Karen Cassidy concluded Renna “obtained material in the course of professional newsgathering activities” with the aim of disseminating it over the Internet.
How to Do a Competitor Analysis on Twitter … for Free (AllTwitter)
Any good social media strategy goes beyond what your brand does, and takes a look at what your competitors are up to. When it comes to finding success on Twitter, it’s all well and good to map out your content strategy and metrics, but in order to really excel you’ll have to incorporate serious, ongoing competitor analysis into your plan.
Met Police Investigated 75 Officers Over Facebook and Social Networks Misuse (The Guardian)
The Metropolitan police has investigated 75 officers for potentially misusing Facebook and other social networks in the past five years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Three officers and four police officials have been dismissed following disciplinary investigations since 2009.