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Bing has altered the way it serves up video content to counter criticism that it was making it too easy to see unsavoury material.

We know - unsavoury material on the internet? Who knew? But the difference with Bing is that it serves up preview windows when you do a video search. If your mouse passes over one of these windows it will start playing almost immediately.

Register readers seem evenly split on whether this was bad or good. One impact is that the video can be played even if it comes from a domain which would otherwise be blocked.

Microsoft has now changed this - all mucky content will now come from a separate server at explicit.bing.net. So school admins and others can easily block it.

Additionally, Microsoft will now include the URL in search strings - so again that will reveal potentially racy content.

More from the Bing blog here.

Why Microsoft rejected the obvious server name of Bada Bing we do not know. ®

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