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Old 12-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Oh Noes! Norad replaces Google with Bing for tracking Santa!

http://www.fastcompany.com/3004147/g...s-maps-service

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Google Vs. Bing: Santa Tracker Showdown As NORAD Switches To Microsoft's Maps Service
By Addy Dugdale
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December 19, 2012

Maybe when Google sits on Santa's knee in 2013 it can ask for its job back.

Here's a Christmas story for you all: once upon a time there was a defense organization called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD for short. When, due to a misprint, its phone number ended up featuring in a Colorado department store's Christmas ad, the NORAD Santa Tracker was born. Most of you probably know the rest of the story. But here's the innovation bit to it.

For the past decade or so, NORAD has used Google Maps as the brains behind its Santa Tracker. But this year, Google has been replaced by Bing--in some ways an inexplicable decision, given that, in the U.K., for example, Bing's market share is 4%, compared to Google's 89%.

No matter, says Google. The search giant has set up its own Santa Tracker, complete with a Google+Santa Hotline. So, Santa fans, which tracker will you be using over Christmas: the original NORAD version, with the Bing software, or Google's version? (Or are you so cynical that you're just going to keep an eye on your Amazon status updates?)

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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I like his arrival to be a surprise.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #3
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Memo to Earth: It seems we've temporarily lost Santa. Please reboot Earth, and I'm sure this problem will be resolved.

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Old 12-23-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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As long as they don't use apple maps, Santa should get there in the end.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:35 PM   #5
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:56 PM   #7
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What? What? How can it be????








Are you saying Santa uses Android not iOS?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:36 PM   #8
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No, he's one of the small handful of people who use Windows Phone.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #9
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Wow. They have coverage at the north pole????
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:37 PM   #10
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Microsoft strung up some cell towers up there themselves in a desperate attempt to increase their market share.

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