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[News] [Rival] Microsoft in Trouble in China After Intruding, Sabotaging PCs

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Chinese flex muscles in Microsoft piracy fight

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| When Microsoft rolled out its latest anti-piracy initiative this year, it was 
| not aimed at any particular country. Windows Genuine Advantage, a tool that 
| identifies users of counterfeit software and pushes them to buy the real 
| thing, was launched worldwide in several geographical blocs.   
| But Microsoft ran into trouble when the roll-out hit China last month. While 
| users in other markets kept silent when hit by one of WGA’s more extreme 
| features, a mechanism that blackens the desktop background on computers found 
| to be using counterfeit Windows, their Chinese peers broke into a storm of 
| anger, forcing Microsoft officials in the country into damage control mode.    



Microsoft's Chinese Folly

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| No less than Bill Gates himself said in a recent Fortune article that
| Microsoft competes better against Linux in China when there's piracy than
| when there isn't.
| So, Microsoft actively looks the other way as people pirate its software. It
| builds its market share that way, and lets people get used to the idea of
| having Windows at a certain price.


Microsoft accused of hacking in piracy clampdown

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| Across China thousands of computer screens are turning dark. The reason is a
| piece of software from a US firm.
| Software giant Microsoft is deactivating unauthorised copies of its Windows
| operating system, in a nation where 82% of all software is pirated – even if
| many end users do not know it.


Chinese fume at Microsoft anti-piracy

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| China's vocal bloggers seemed stunned that their computers seemed to have
| phoned Microsoft for the anti-piracy tool without asking.
| "The computer is mine", one angry blogger penned, "Microsoft has no right to
| control my hardware without my agreement", the poor fool thought.


Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

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| A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing
| Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of
| Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft.

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