In 1955, a Sears advertisement accidentally started a Christmas tradition. The ad, for whatever reason, published the number of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The base, home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, fielded a call from a young child who was asking for the whereabouts of Santa Claus. Rather than turning the child away, they gave an answer and a holiday tradition was born. NORAD has been tracking Santa Claus ever since, and over a million users have downloaded the NORAD Tracks Santa application for their smartphone or tablet. However, there’s a change. Bing will be the official map for NORAD Tracks Santa rather than Google Maps.
“NORAD and Google have decided to go their separate ways and pursue other opportunities. It was a mutually agreed upon decision that transpired earlier this year,” said project spokesman Michael Kucharek. “There’s a lot of generations now who get in front of the computer with grandma and grandpa and follow Santa. We’re sort of moving with the times and the technology and expanding the program.”
Google Maps had been the Santa Tracker app since 2007. Google Maps will apparently still track Santa, they just won’t be the official Santa tracking app.
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