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Don’t Laugh. Bing Has a New Toolbar.

Don’t Laugh. Bing Has a New Toolbar.

By Chris Crum February 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

"OK, don’t laugh," an email we received from a Bing representative began. "I’m really e-mailing you about a toolbar, but it’s actually pretty cool."

Yes, Bing has a new toolbar, or "Bing Bar" if you will. It includes things like Bing Search, Facebook, email, Bing Rewards, Maps, Games, etc. 

Google Tracks User Data to Monitor Load Times
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Google has a post up talking about how the company uses data it collects from Google Toolbar users, specifically in relation to its enhanced features. These features are opt-in.

Google Turning the Web Into an Exclusive Social Network?
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Search guru Danny Sullivan got an early scoop on a new Google Product that wasn’t supposed to be announced until later today. Its called the Sidewiki, and is a feature of the Google Toolbar. What it does is allow users to comment on any page on the web. These comments can only be viewed by others who have the toolbar/sidewiki installed.

8 Firefox Add-Ons to Boost Productivity
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If you use Firefox, you are no doubt aware that there are many add-ons that can enhance your browsing experience. Many of these can make your online life a whole lot easier and save you time. Following are some that I have found particularly useful. Which do you like? Tell us.

1. Fire Gestures

StumbleUpon Makes Big Improvements to Toolbar
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A while back, StumbleUpon launched web stumbling, which allowed users to enjoy their StumbleUpon experience without having to download the toolbar, which was previously a requirement. If you’ve been a user of the service for a significant length of time, you’ve probably grown quite accustomed to that toolbar. Sometimes I forget it’s not just part of Firefox.

Digg Sets Record Straight on DiggBar URLs
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There has been a lot of talk about the DiggBar and its handling of URLs this week, after the company implemented some changes in its service. To clear the air, Digg has addressed the situation.

Digg CEO Jay Adelson issued the following statement on Digg the Blog:

Google Makes Language-Based Product Announcements
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Today Google made a couple of announcements involving the expansion of offerings into more languages. They’ve announced that the new optimized SERP pages for iPhones, Android devices, and feature phones are now available in over 60 countries and 38 languages. In addition, the company has announced an advanced translation feature in the newest release of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.

The Mobile SERPs

Real-Time Site Previews, Faster Search from Yahoo
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Yahoo has introduced a new version of the Yahoo Toolbar today. It runs on Internet Explorer 6+ and Firefox (as a beta).

"The new Yahoo! Toolbar now offers greater customization and more immediate access to the information you care about most from across the entire web – not just Yahoo! sites," says Burke Culligan, Senior Director of Yahoo Front Doors.

 

StumbleUpon Jumps on the URL-Shortener Bandwagon
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StumleUpon announced today that it has launched a new URL-shortening service called Su.pr. The twist, however, is that this one is designed to help content creators actually increase their traffic with it. According to StumbleUpon, this is the first such service that does this.

 

LinkedIn Ups Usability on ActionBar

Earlier this year, LinkedIn started offering a news sharing feature. Now any user that clicks through an article shared on a LinkedIn group will be able to share and comment directly from the news article.

AOL Launches Search Toolbar
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AOL has released a new search Toolbar for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Flock. It requires Windows Vista or XP or Mac OS X. You can get an idea of what it looks like from the image below.

AOL Search Toolbar

The AOL Search Toolbar allows users to: 

The DiggBar Cometh
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Remember in late February when a new Digg Toolbar was uncovered via an image on Flickr? It was said to be coming out to take on StumbleUpon and TinyURL (and similar services) at the same time.

Well now we get a closer look at that as Digg prepares to roll out the DiggBar. Kevin Rose posted about it at Digg the Blog today and included the following video, which shows just what it does.

Digg to Take On StumbleUpon and TinyURL?
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Twitterer Veronica Belmont had discovered a Flickr page with an alleged upcoming toolbar from Digg that would potentially rival StumbleUpon.