Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters.

The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends.

Facebook has been building out its search products for a long time, using Bing as an extra layer to provide results beyond the Interest Graph in an effort to avoid letting rival Google into the system.

A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters: “We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook. We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft of lots of different areas.”

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Facebook revamps trending news to make it even more like Twitter

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Facebook’s Trending news section, which appears on the righthand side of each user’s news feed, is getting a refresh that will make it easier to find information and see different perspectives of the day’s most popular stories, including a Twitter-like live feed with user mentions.

The section is also coming to mobile devices for the first time, starting on Wednesday.

The social network first introduced Trending in January 2014 to give its users a look at the top stories of the day. Now the handy feature, which calls out about the top 10 most-shared news headlines at a given time, is making its way to mobile devices. By visiting the search bar on Android devices, users will be able to see a drop-down menu of the hot topics and stories circulating the site. (Facebook said it is working on an iOS update, too).

Adding the Trending section to mobile is a pretty big (and logical) move, but the company is also rolling out more ways to stay on top of news.

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How Tumblr Became the Fastest-Growing Social Network in Just 6 Months

Tumblr is back on the grow.

After Yahoo spent $990 million to acquire the social blogging platform in May 2013, its traffic appeared to stall on a plateau, leading some critics to question Marissa Mayer’s investment.

But new data from Global Web Index shows a revival in Tumblr’s momentum. In the last six months, it experienced a remarkable 120 percent jump in active users, making it the fastest growing social network — topping YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Although the largest social service in the world, Facebook is now the slowest-growing of the bunch, with only 2 percent growth in active users.

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Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%.

And in overall member growth, Pinterest took the lead with 57% growth while Facebook’s member base grew by 6%.

Instagram, LinkedIn,Twitter, YouTube and even Google+ all grew faster than Facebook.

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Snapchat Now Lets You Send Money To Friends Through Snapcash Deal With Square Cash

While Venmo, Google Wallet, and more try to take a business approach to peer-to-peer payments, Snapchat today swooped in from the consumer side. It just added a “Snapcash”  payments option to its app through a deal with Square Cash. Now you can add a debit card, type a dollar amount into Snapchat’s text-chat feature, and hit the green pay button to instantly send a friend money. The feature is on Android now and is coming to iOS soon.

We first reported that Snapchat had filed trademarks around payments in July, and now we know why. Beyond p2p payments, the trademarks could prime Snapchat for ecommerce and payments to merchants as well. For example, the app could one day send you a Snap or show a Story ad from a mechant, and let you buy the product shown instantly through Snapchat. Depending on how its relationship with Square Cash works, Snapchat could also potentially cross-reference debit card info through Snapcash-connected accounts to improve its ad targeting.

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As Developers Depart, Google Glass Is Ready To Become This Era’s Segway

Just over 18 months ago Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said he found having to talk to Google Glass out loud “the weirdest thing” and admitted that there would be “places where Google Glass are inappropriate.” Well, hello! I think the average person could have told Google this long before they spent millions developing the thing, and as I wrote at the time, the product was simply incapable of becoming a mass-market device. I predicted it would become this era’s Segway: hyped as a game changer but ultimately used by warehouse workers and mall cops.

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