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Bing Now, a Crowdsourcing Tool to Find Local Businesses That Aren’t Crowded

Cool or creepy?

A research project called Bing Now, demonstrated at Microsoft’s headquarters last week, could give Web searchers a way to gauge the current vibe of a bar or restaurant before they book a table.

via Microsoft Demos Bing Now, a Crowdsourcing Tool to Find Local Businesses That Aren’t Crowded | MIT Technology Review.

Two thoughts: How much privacy are we willing to give up? This technology tells the world exactly where you are and then listens in.

Is it just me? It seems restaurants and public places in general have become much louder. Hip hardscape decor combined with loud background music is everywhere. I do not enjoy sitting in a restaurant where I have to yell to be heard by my wife sitting three feet away.

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