Virtual Earth has been initially inserted into quite a few of the Ask offerings:
Business Search (City):
Smart Answers (Web Search):
Smart Answers - Movies (Web Search):
Of course, they've included Bird's Eye:
Ask follows suit of many portal sites to letting Microsoft make the investments in infrastructure, imagery / photography acquisition, data updates, etc., etc., etc. The list includes the likes of YellowPages.com, Superpages.com, and WhitePages.com to name a few. Allowing us to do the heavy lifting in building out a robust mapping platform allows customers to focus on developing applications that benefit end users.