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Event Diary – 12th May 2012, Saturday

Chennai will host the Asian Athletics Championship in August 2013

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said on Thursday that Chennai will host the Asian Athletics Championship in August 2013 and announced a Rs 40-crore package to renovate the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here and relay its track and upgrade facilities to bring them on a par with international standards.

The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai was constructed during her first tenure as the Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996, when the South Asian Federation Games were held here.

Microsoft to revamp ‘bing’ search with help from Facebook

Microsoft announced its biggest-ever revamp of its Bing search engine on Thursday. It will be using information from users’ Facebook accounts to mimic how questions are answered in the real world: by asking friends who might know.

The extensive redesign is basically to bridge the stubborn gap with Google, which still serves some two thirds of all U.S. web searches compared to 15 per cent for Microsoft’s Bing. Bing also powers Yahoo’s search technology, which accounts for a further 14 per cent of searches.

Microsoft launched Bing three years ago, investing more than 6 billion dollars on the project so far, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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