Today in Social

Would you believe it’s Microsoft that might have the best Facebook phone? And it will be riddled with local search features, too. Yes, Mango – the latest version of Windows Phone 7 software – won’t show up till the fall, at which point it may look out of date. But for now, it has what demos as a very slick integration of unified communications and social media features, including threading conversations across channels, and a Groups feature for aggregating social communications and contact info. Local Scout adds some new search results scanning metaphors and app integration. Mobile search could be competitive where web search is not, and unlike some startups with clever local curation tactics, Microsoft is indexing the whole web.