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[News] [Rival] Neelie Kroes and Georg Greve Strike Back at Abusive Monopolist

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Neelie Kroes and Georg Greve Strike Back at Abusive Monopolist
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 22:27:03 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Why Microsoft Was Wrong

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| There cannot be many businesspeople who doubt that a monopolist can use its 
| market power to squash even the most efficient rival producers of goods or 
| services that interact with the monopolized product. There cannot be many 
| venture capitalists who would invest in a company whose market can at any 
| moment fall under the sway of an entrenched neighboring monopolist whose 
| behavior was subject to no limits.     
| What I will do is continue to look hard at the actions of monopolists. I will 
| use my practical business experience to help me understand the dynamics of 
| markets. I will look for answers that maintain the incentives of everyone on 
| the market to innovate, and not just the friendly neighborhood monopolist. 
| Power has to be used responsibly, by the enforcement agencies and by the 
| monopolists. I will not look for fights, but where interventions will make 
| consumers better off, I will not shy away from them.      


Microsoft, antitrust and innovation, by Georg Greve

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| 1st Fallacy: That the Ruling Punishes Innovation
| [...]
| 2nd Fallacy: That Google, Apple and All Successful Companies Need to Fear



Microsoft Hard-Balling EU Over Vista  

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| "This is part of the negotiating strategy," a person familiar with the
| situation told internetnews.com. "They're in a public relations battle."
| Microsoft made the same threat to South Korean regulators, but did not
| follow through when they lost that battle. 


EU reportedly threatening new Microsoft fines

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| Microsoft could face a fine of up to $3.85 million a day it if
| failed to comply, it added. Kroes told the Guardian that she was
| growing tired of waiting for Microsoft to meet her demands.


Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict

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| Microsoft may have lost in court, but it quickly tried to win the war of 
| media reaction via organisations like CompTIA, the Computing Technology 
| Industry Association and ACT (the Association for Competitive Technology) 
| which both intervened in court on its side.   


Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

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| It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into
| a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within
| 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were
| pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations
| (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974. 


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