Tech News: Will Microsoft's Bing Benefit From Facebook's Graph Search?

By Anthony Shields  JAN 16, 2013 10:05 AM

Plus, Apple's new deal in China.

 


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ReadWrite
Link: Microsoft's Bing Wins With Facebook's Graph Search - Or Does It?
Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bing search engine will ride the coattails of Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) Graph Search for years to come, gaining knowledge and possibly ad revenue as Facebook expands Graph Search's capabilities.
 
“That can only be a good thing for Microsoft, right? Maybe not, this could be a deal with the devil, with Bing ending up digging its own grave.”

Seeking Alpha
Link: Is Netflix's Cash Cow Dead?
Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is a leading entertainment content provider that specializes in Internet streaming and DVD mailing. A federal appeals court unanimously ruled on Friday that the US Postal Service discriminated against GameFly Inc. (pdf) by providing Netflix with special treatment. Specifically, Netflix's DVDs were handled by hand at no additional cost (no wonder the USPS is insolvent) to prevent damage. Not only is this ruling a significant victory for GameFly but this could have a notable impact on Netflix's performance. Many will dismiss this ruling as irrelevant, reasoning that DVDs are the past and Internet streaming is the future.”
 
Businessweek
Link: Apple Lets Buyers on China Web Pay in 2-Year Installments
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced installment payment plans for buyers of iPhones and MacBook laptops in China as it struggles to compete with low-cost devices in the world’s largest computer and mobile-phone market.
 
“Payments on purchases costing from 300 yuan ($48) to 30,000 yuan made via the company’s Chinese website can be spread over as long as two years, according to the site. The plan, which requires a China Merchants Bank Co. (SHA:600036) credit card, has fees ranging from zero to 8.5%.”
 
The Guardian
Link: Facebook Graph Search: Zuckerberg Reveals Origin of Google Privacy Rift
“Facebook doesn't hold many press conferences. But when the world's biggest social network does talk to journalists, the briefings are always best when founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg goes off script.
 
“The 28-year-old did so on Tuesday, at the launch of Graph Search, when he openly described a 'wider strategic rift' with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and revealed for the first time why negotiations between Facebook and the search giant broke down over privacy.”
 
AllThingsD
Link: App Store Judge Tells Apple and Amazon to Get a Conference Room
“Before Apple and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) take their spat over the “app store” trademark into the courtroom, they must first attempt to resolve it in a conference room.
 
“Though the two companies have a trial date scheduled for August 19, 2013, US Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte on Monday ordered them into settlement talks to resolve their differences over the term.”
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