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Bing is continuing its push towards adding more social features, this time by letting users ask their Facebook friends for help when searching. The new feature lets you tag up to five friends to specific search queries — this, in turn, will send them a notification on Facebook, which they will hopefully use to help you out. So, for instance, if you're searching for a restaurant in a specific city, you can tag someone you know on Facebook who lives there and might know somewhere good to eat. "This allows you to effortlessly tap into the collective wisdom of your social network," explains Microsoft. The new feature is live now, and comes not long after Bing introduced Foursquare integration into search results .
Wikidata , the first new project to emerge from the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006, is now beginning development. The organization, known best for its user-edited encyclopedia of knowledge Wikipedia , recently announced the new project at February’s Semantic Tech & Business Conference in Berlin, describing Wikidata as new effort to provide a database of knowledge that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike.
If you're a Windows Live Messenger user who happens to drop your friends links to The Pirate Bay, it looks like you'll have to use another chat service.
Microsoft has jumped onto the free-to-play bandwagon with its latest game, a text-driven adventure called Visual Studio 2010 . The innovative new game marries the traditional interactive fiction text adventure with its arcane commands and exploration with the free-form, open-ended gaming pioneered by the likes of SimCity. There are two major modes to the game, a textual spell-casting game, and a more complex interactive puzzle mode.