Washington Post: Google has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department for illegally favoring Microsoft in a competitive bid process. At issue is a $59 million contract for a new Web-based e-mail system. Google has asked a judge to halt the bidding process, which it says is rigged so that Microsoft will win.
Google is a proponent of open competition on the Internet and in the technology sector in general, a Google spokesman said. Here, a fair and open process could save U.S. taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and result in better services. Were asking the Department of Interior to allow for a true competition when selecting its technology providers.