Google sues US government

November 2nd, 2010 - 11:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Mountain View, Nov 2 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Google has filed a lawsuit against the US government for failing to consider it in a 5-year contract that is worth some $59million. The project involves upgrading the email system of the United States Department of Interior. The suit was filed on Friday.

The Internet search giant is accusing the United States government of abusing its discretion and acting in “arbitrary and capricious” manner by considering only proposals that are based on the email technology of Microsoft Corporation.

Google Inc. believes that the Department of Interior was not fair to the Internet giant and further claimed that “assurances to Google representatives that DOI would conduct a full and open competition for its messaging requirements”. The complaint further said “The RFQ (request for proposal) specified that only the Microsoft Business productivity Online Suite-Federal (”BPOS-Federal”) could be proposed”.

Google is determined to reduce its over-dependence on advertising. The company derives about 97 percent of its revenue from advertising and the company wants to change that. The company’s attempt to move into the app market has failed but the company has insisted previously that it was “profitable”.

The Department of the Interior did not comment on the suit.

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