SearchCap: Bing Predicts Scotland Vote, Google Maps Navigation Expands & Bing Ads Sitelinks

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Cortana Coming To Windows 9, Will It Replace Bing?
    Next week in San Francisco, Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 for the press. Among the features of the new OS is reportedly going to be the virtual assistant Cortana. A range of sites are repeating some early evidence found by a German site and also a discussion on Neowin that assert Cortana will be a central feature […]
  • Google Maps Navigation Now Covers 104 Countries
    Android Police points out that Google has expanded navigation for Google Maps to 20 additional countries. These are mostly in Africa, the Caribbean islands and South America. From Algeria to Venezuela, the addition of these 20 brings to an impressive 104 the total number of countries where Google Maps offer navigation services. Google Maps is the fifth most […]
  • Search In Pics: Darth Vader Painting, Staircase Bobsledding & Google Family Hackathon
    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. GoogleBot Stuck In The Woods: Source: Google+ Google Family Hackathon Day: Source: Google+ Google Staircase Bobsledding: […]
  • Bing Ads Rolling Out Dynamic Sitelinks In U.S.
    Bing Ads has debuted Dynamic Sitelinks, new annotations that are automatically created and displayed in the same fashion as standard Sitelinks that advertisers control. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Google introduced the same feature in July. The engines know that sitelinks increase click-through rates, so if you haven’t taken the time to set up […]
  • 5 Local Marketing Lessons I Learned From The Insurance Industry
    The path to purchase differs from product to product, but there’s much all local businesses can learn from the “last mile” of the insurance-buying process.
  • Bing Correctly Predicts “No” Win In Scotland Independence Vote
    A few days ago, we reported that Bing predicted on September 15th that the vote for Scotland’s independence would be a “No” with a 52.5% vote for No and a 47.5% vote for Yes. The final results are now in, and it was a 55% vote for No, so Bing’s prediction was correct and very […]
  • Want Scotland Election Results? Don’t Bother Asking Google Or Bing
    It’s not often you have a vote that might create a new, independent nation. But that’s what’s happening today with Scotland. It’s such a big event that you’d think Google and Bing would be doing something special to provide election results. That’s not the case. Both search engines have long done special presentations for U.S. elections or […]

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