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[News] [Rival] Yahoo! CEO Talks About Microsoft's Political Manipulation/Corruption

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Yahoo! CEO Talks About Microsoft's Political Manipulation/Corruption
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 12:03:29 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft's D.C. lobbying sank Google-Yahoo deal, Jerry Yang

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| What a change. Back in the late 1990s, when Microsoft was busy fending off 
| hordes of government antitrust lawyers, the company took a remarkable step: 
| it actually asked Congress to reduce funding for the Justice Department's 
| antitrust division.   



With Yahoo-Google deal nixed, DoJ antitrust chief resigns

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| It looks like presiding over the death of the Yahoo-Google ad deal will be
| one of the final acts of Thomas Barnett, the Assistant Attorney General who
| headed the Justice Department's Antitrust Division since June 2005.
| Barnett announced his resignation today, effective Nov. 19.


Microsoft lobbies to fight Yahoo-Google pact

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| In an article Tuesday, Roll Call quoted a "knowledgeable tech industry
| source" as saying:
| "Microsoft is pulling out every favor it's got ... It has a very close
| relationship with DOJ and the White House, and all of that pressure is being
| brought to bear."



Microsoft-DOJ Joint Status Report June 17, 2008

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| How does that sound to you? Like a plan? Where is the goal post? I mean the
| final one? Of course, if Microsoft (oops!) keeps changing protocols, it will
| take longer even than this generous time frame.
| Same old, same old. Move the goal post. Vaporous promises. And that is what I
| fear they will continue to do with OOXML, if it's ever approved, because they
| can. Who will stop them? ISO? They seemed to fall into Stockholm Syndrome
| long ago, the few that were not replaced with Microsoft folks. What is the
| effect of Microsoft changing the protocols in the compliance work?


Microsoft Finds Legal Defender in Justice Dept.

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| Nearly a decade after the government began its landmark effort to break
| up Microsoft, the Bush administration has sharply changed course by
| repeatedly defending the company both in the United States and abroad
| against accusations of anticompetitive conduct, including the recent
| rejection of a complaint by Google.
| [...]
| In the most striking recent example of the policy shift, the top
| antitrust official at the Justice Department last month urged state
| prosecutors to reject a confidential antitrust complaint filed by
| Google that is tied to a consent decree that monitors Microsoft's
| behavior. Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest
| operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google's desktop
| search program, lawyers involved in the case said.


US Justice Department objects to states' effort to extend Microsoft oversight
to 2012

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| "There is no basis for the court to order a five-year extension of the final
| judgments," the Justice Department said in a court filing Friday, citing a
| lack of evidence provided by the states that such oversight is justified.  


U.S. Won't Extend Microsoft Antitrust Sanctions

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| The U.S. Department of Justice said it will not seek to extend the
| restrictions placed on Microsoft Corp.'s business practices
| following its antitrust settlement with the U.S. government in 2002.
| Many of the restrictions are due to expire Nov. 12, and last week
| several U.S. states filed motions in favor of extending them for a
| further five years. Four of those states -- New York, Maryland,
| Louisiana and Florida -- had previously said they opposed an
| extension.
| The DOJ had also opposed the extension, and on Friday it made it
| clear that it would not be making a turnabout like the four U.S.
| states.
| [...]
| The DOJ didn't explain its decision Friday. In August it said it
| felt the judgment had been successful in preventing Microsoft from
| continuing its exclusionary behavior.
| The states who favor an extension disagree. They say operating
| systems haven't evolved as quickly as people thought they would in
| 2002, and that Microsoft could still use the dominance of Internet
| Explorer to choke competitors in the emerging Web 2.0 world.
| A status hearing that will likely address extending the
| restrictions is scheduled for Nov. 6 with District Court Judge
| Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
| The other states pushing for an extension are California,
| Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts and the
| District of Columbia.
| Separately last month the DOJ raised hackles in Europe by
| criticizing the European Union's decision to reject Microsoft's
| appeal of its antitrust decision there.


Justice Department Cites Linux As Example of Successful Antitrust Enforcement


States seek more oversight of Microsoft

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| A group of states led by California said in a court filing Thursday that
| ending oversight of Microsoft's business practices in November would not
| allow enough time to consider the antitrust implications of Windows Vista.  


Kroes slams US criticism of EU Microsoft ruling

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| Kroes said that it was "unacceptable" that a representative of the US
| judiciary should criticise a court of law outside his jurisdiction.
| “It is absolutely not done,” she told journalists on Wednesday.
| “The European commission does not pass judgement on US rulings and we should
| expect the same from the US.”


Microsoft, The European Union, and the United States: A Statement by the AAI

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| The AAI comments on the European Court of First Instance's upholding of the
| EC's Microsoft decision, taking the USDOJ to task for poor diplomacy and
| mistaken policy in its criticism of the EC.  


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.  


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


Report Says Nonprofits Sold Influence to Abramoff

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| E-mails released by the committee show that Abramoff, often
| with the knowledge of the groups' leaders, exploited the tax-exempt
| status and leveraged the stature of the organizations to build
| support among conservatives for legislation or government action
| sought by clients including Microsoft Corp., mutual fund company
| DH2 Inc., Primedia Inc.'s Channel One Network, and Brown-Forman,
| maker of Jack Daniel's whiskey.


Politicians in Microsoft's Pocket

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| Continuing on the theme of which politicians are receiving money from
| who. Here is a list of candidates who took money from MSFT.


US states slam Google, Firefox as no match for Microsoft

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| Ten states and the District of Columbia made the unusual claim to try to show
| that the operating system and browser spaces had changed much more slowly
| than expected in 2002, when state regulators and the US Department of Justice
| brokered a deal with Microsoft in a long-running antitrust case against the
| company. The lack of change, they said, means that potential competitors need
| more time -- and judicial protection -- if they are to develop into real
| rivals to Microsoft.      


Politics and tech companies: follow the money

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| Microsoft took first place with $651,100 given out, while
| Hewlett-Packard gave only $185,550, and Gateway gave a paltry
| $2,000. Microsoft's donations certainly illustrate well the true
| size of the company and the extent of its political concerns.


Microsoft Paid Lobbyist $160,000

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| Microsoft Paid Paid Bingham McCutchen $160,000 to Lobby Federal Gov't in
| First Half of 2007


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.


Microsoft Looks for the Big Guns in OOXML In-Fighting

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| Bill Gates has reportedly been making phone calls to the Secretary of Defense
| and the Secretary of Commerce to push the American National Standards
| Institute to ignore the votes of its advisory committees and vote "yes" on
| ISO standardizing Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) format, the one in
| competition with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) pushed by IBM and Sun.    
| Gates reportedly picked up the phone when the last INCITS ballot failed by
| one vote to support Microsoft.

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