Bing, Microsoft’s increasingly popular search engine, just launched a new product for business owners today that not only allows them to claim and edit their profiles on Bing’s local search feature, but also introduces a new self-serve platform for offering deals and other offers to their users. These offers can appear on Bing, as well as the business owner’s own website and Facebook pages. The service replaces Bing’s Local Listing Center.
Last year, the Department of the Interior decided to replace its 13 aging email system for its 88,000 employees with Microsoft’s cloud-based offering. Google, which was also in the competition for this contract, which is worth an estimated $59 million over five years, filed a lawsuit shortly after the contract went to Microsoft, claiming that the process was not fair and open. In its filing (PDF), which were unsealed by the court last week, Google claimed on multiple occasions that its offering was certified under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). Among other things, FISMA sets out to establish minimum security requirements for information systems used by the U.S. government.
Google and the New York Times just launched a new trivia game, A Google a Day, that will make its print debut tomorrow morning. The new puzzle will appear right above the New York Times’ legendary crossword puzzle, but with the added twist that unlike in regular trivia games, A Google a Day encourages people to go out and search for the answer online. To ensure that Google’s real-time search feature doesn’t spoil the fun, agoogleaday.com will feature a stripped down version of Google’s regular search engine without any of these additional features