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Bing Adds Transit Directions To Maps Feature

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Fans of mass transit can now look to Bing Maps for transit directions.  But due to the initial release, only Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Vancouver are available, according to Bing Community.

Mass/public transit is growing and Bing says that there’s more than 10.7 billion public transit passengers per year just in the US.

One large feature is that transit information is featured alongside each route option.  With this, users can compare route options based on what they already know of the transit functionality and personal preference.  Options are available for bus, subway, light rail, and local rail. 

Bing has also added landmark information.  If you were to say, open up a movie theater’s detail pages, you’ll be able to see what’s playing in the “nearby” panel.  You can also get details on operating hours.  Or if you’re in Seattle, and need some info on the Space Needle, you can get contact information, related businesses, and additional details in the results.

If you’re in the above cities, or perhaps on your way to visiting there, check out the new offerings here!

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Bing Jumps Ahead Of Yahoo In Search Engine Land

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(Image courtesy of crearecommunications.co.uk)

Granted Yahoo and Bing might have joined forces, but given both sites still exist, we still have to rank their market share right?  Don’t expect Google to leave it’s perch anytime soon, but some new Nielsen rankings actually place Bing ahead of Yahoo now.

“Nielsen’s search data only counts genuine intentional searches that people type into a search box,” Nielsen notes.  “It does not include non-intended or ‘contextual’ searches that are automatically generated by search engines based on a person’s browsing behavior.”

Using this information, Nielsen says that Bing had controlled 13.9 percent of the search market in August, which was up just a hair from July.  As for Yahoo, they dropped backward 1.5 percentage points from 14.6 percent in July to 13.1 percent in August.

via Maximum PC

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