Is Live The Death Of Google? - The News Search...
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The News Search is a direct search function that lacks the "top stories" aggregator of Google News. Type in a word and you will get back a search list that is drawn from mainstream news outlets, which have stories that use your search term in the first sentence or two. The Local button will give you an interactive map of the area where hits for your search term are found. There's little innovative here, but the presentation of the map is nice. It offers similar variations on the "route, aerial, and hybrid" graphical display popularized by Google Maps.
Windows Live Q&A allows you to post a question to the Windows Q&A universe and see who has an answer. This system is still in beta, so the technical specifics may change. Users post a question that is then open for 4 days to responses. At the end of the 4 day period, voting commences on the answers provided. This feature currently has no Google analog, though Yahoo has a similar service.
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