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Google Loses Santa To Bing 153

New submitter Sebolains writes "Unlike previous years, NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) has decided to use Bing maps to track Santa's journey as he goes around the world delivering presents. Starting Christmas eve, one will be able to go to the official NORAD Santa tracking site and use Bing maps to see where Santa is delivering presents at that time. In previous years, NORAD has always gone for Google maps to track Saint Nick. The reason for this switch were not disclosed, but since nearly 25 million people are expected to use this tool come this Christmas, this will definitely benefit Bing in the ongoing competition for online map applications."
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Google Loses Santa To Bing

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  • by sorensenbill ( 1931240 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @04:13PM (#42278659)
    I've never used them for navigation but Bing maps(furnished by Nokia I believe) have much better aeriel photos. I can see my house from 6 angles on Bing, which is mostly blocked by a large tree on Google. That being said I still use Google maps for pretty much everything else just because I'm used to it.
  • by Grand ( 152636 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @05:01PM (#42279521)

    You can do multiple angles on the satellite images on google maps. It is not as intuitive as Bing, but you have to drag 'N" that surrounds the Pan tool to the different cardinal directions to get it to rotate. I will agree with you though that Bing's aerial images are better (at least in my experience).

  • by Rockoon ( 1252108 ) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @09:43PM (#42283191)

    You are, apparently, unaware that they don't do this any more.

    You are, apparently, unaware that you have three options when you don't know what you are talking about.

    A) Don't talk.
    B) Talk anyways, but make it clear that you are guessing and making assumptions.
    C) Talk anyways, but act like you know what you are talking about.

    You blew right through both A and B and went right to C, the one that proves that you care more about looking like you know what you are talking about, than actually knowing what you are talking about.

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