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[News] Microsoft Lobbying in Europe Shows No Signs of Abatement

EU official joins consultancy serving Microsoft

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| A European Commission official originally chosen to lead its antitrust
| case against Microsoft left on Friday last week to work for a
| consultancy that has the software firm as a client, a spokesman said.


For the record, this is very relevant to Linux because corruption at
government-level is sabotage to Linux adoption.

Also see:

US ambassador to the EU was former Microsoft lobbyist 

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| Before C. Boyden Gray was named as George Bush's number one person in
| Europe, he was a lawyer lobbying on behalf of Microsoft. 


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


Changing the Report, After the Vote

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| That agreement was nearly imperiled last weekend, though. Gerri
| Elliott, corporate vice president at Microsoft's Worldwide Public
| Sector division, sent an e-mail message to fellow commissioners Friday
| evening saying that she "vigorously" objected to a paragraph in which
| the panel embraced and encouraged the development of open source software
| and open content projects in higher education. The paragraph read like 
| this:
| "The commission encourages the creation of incentives to promote
| the development of open-source and open-content projects at universities
| and colleges across the United States, enabling the open sharing of 
| educational  materials from a variety of institutions, disciplines, and 
| educational perspectives. Such a portal could stimulate innovation, and 
| serve as the leading resource for teaching and learning. New initiatives 
| such as OpenCourseWare, the Open Learning Initiative, the Sakai Project, 
| and the Google Book project hold out the potential of providing universal 
| access both to general knowledge and to higher education."


Feds seek formal extension of Microsoft antitrust deal

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| The U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft on Wednesday filed a
| formal application for a two-year extension of portions of their
| landmark antitrust settlement, with the possibility of stretching it
| until 2012. 


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