Twitter Rolling Out Major Redesign
Twitter announced dramatic changes to its interface this week. Some of the highlights of the â€œNew Twitter.comâ€ include a streamlined timeline design, a details pane and, perhaps the most notable change of all, embedded media.
In addition to displaying 140-characters-or-less tweets, Twitter will also display videos and photos due to partnerships with DailyBooth, DeviantART, Etsy, Flickr, Justin.TV, Kickstarter, Kiva, Photozou, Plixi, Twitgoo, TwitPic, TwitVid, USTREAM, Vimeo, yfrog, and YouTube.
The â€œNew Twitter.comâ€ will be rolling out to users over the next several weeks. To preview the redesign, check out this information page from Twitter.
Microsoft Launches Internet Explorer 9 Beta 1
On Wednesday, Microsoft released an ambitious new version of its Internet Explorer browser. Focused on â€œbeautifying the web,â€ IE 9 includes a wealth of advanced features that cater to developers and designers. The revamped browser offers:
- Hardware acceleration
- Site-centric user interface
- HTML 5 support
- Pinning to add favorite websites to the task bar for easy access
â€œThe Web is about sites, and your browser should be, too,â€ says Dan Hachamovitch, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Internet Explorer. â€œIE9 puts you and your site at the center of the browser experience.â€
For more information or to download IE 9, go to https://www.beautyoftheweb.com.
According to Nielsen, Bing Is Now No. 2 Search Engine in US
Nielsen released data Tuesday that indicates that Microsoft's Bing surpassed Yahoo to become the second most-used search engine behind Google in the U.S. As of August 2010, Bing has a 13.9 percent share of the U.S. search market, compared to Yahoo's 13.1 market share. Accounting for 65 percent of all search volume, Google stayed the same in August.
Since August 2009, Bing's search market share has increased 30 percent. In the last year, Yahoo has seen an 18 percent decrease in search traffic.
According to Chitika, an advertising network, Bing took over the no. 2 spot back in January 2010.
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