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Bing it!

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Microsoft has launched its new web search engine which is aimed to compete with the mighty Google. BING, because that’s how the new product has been named, is claimed to be a “decision engine”, as it suppose to help us make right decisions.

This is the third time Microsoft is taking on web searches – two previous products made in Redmond were MSN Search and Live Search. But they haven’t happen to be a real rivals for Google. Bing is hoped to make a change. Well, we’ll see.

And here are the answers for query about Polska.
In Bing:


In Google

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June 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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It works. Cool isn’t it?

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what is the highest building?

OK, maybe it is the crucial evidence that I am a freakin’ nerd, but..the first (OK, the third – after taking shower and making cuppa tea) thing I have done today was checking on Wolfram Alpha.
And surprise surprise – it works. Mainly. So here are the screenshots of its performance when faced with 3 Q: What is the highest building? Who is the Prime Minister of Poland? and Where is Warsaw. Unfortunatelly WA was a bit confused when it came to Q: What colour are the eyes of a tiger. But I hope WA will found answer to that one soon.



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Who is the prime minister of Poland?

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May 16, 2009 at 7:05 am

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Wolfram Alpha – it will all start today

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Today at 7 pm. CT (so at midnight back here in Warsaw) the Wolfram Alpha will be finally brought on-line.
Just for a quick wrap up – Wofram Alpha is a project aimed to create a new way of web search.
Its author, Stephen Wolfram calls it a new computational knowledge engine. In opposite to Google and other web search engines this one will work on regular questions form the user. Thanks to special software the WA will be (or should be) able to interpret what we want to know. So instead of showing us a list of links to pages, WA should answer our inquiry. Would it manage to do so? We will soon find out.

Written by Malgosia Minta

May 15, 2009 at 11:07 am

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Tweeting gets Oprah’s blessing – about Twitter once again

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140 letters for Oprah – one big success and honour for Twitter. In her Friday’s show the queen (goddess?) of the American TV has put her own account on Twitter. with the help of Evan Williams, co-founder of the world’s famous microblogginge site, Oprah sent her first tweet: “HI TWITTERS . THANK YOU FOR A WARM WELCOME. FEELING REALLY 21st CENTURY .”

After more or less 24 hours, Ms. O had approximatly 270 K followers. Oprah herself has decided to follow for example:  Larry King, Ellen DeGenneres, already mentioned Evan Williams, Shaq  (“@THE_REAL_SHAQ thanks for being my twitter buddy. this is cool.“), Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
Ashotn's tweet about his victory

Talking about Kutcher – When Oprah was fighting with blue birdy, we could witness the final seconds of the quite unprecedented twitter fight between Ashton Kutcher and the CNN. The whole challenge was about who will be the first to gain one MILLION followers on Twitter. Sounds stupid, but at Thursday’s night whole blogosphere (both celebrity and technology – oriented)  was talking only about that. The last hours brought loads of emotions  and noone was sure who would be the winner.

Round 7 A.M GMT Ashton announced, that the follower no. 1 Million has just joined his profile. Kutcher won over CNN with more or less 1200 tweeting souls.

Making thing more cute, cool and hollywood-ish, Ashton announced that as the winner he will donate 100 K dollars for special beds for people with malaria (looks like Bill Gate’s mosqito show has started a whole anti-malarian trend).

Of course we can argue whether Ashton’s triumph counts and is valid. IMHO many people who joinde aplusk account in last hours had only small idea WTF is Ashton Kutcher (OK, some famouse one, but actor? singer? …)

But it sure that in the Wikipedia’s article about the Twitter there will be satted, taht the first one, who won million followers was Kutcher. Not the good old CNN.

Quoting Oprah:

Good nite tweets. first big day in twitterland. gotta get some shut eye and use the weekend for rebooting.

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April 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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