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[News] Microsoft Suspected of Still AstroTurfing for OOXML

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Strange corners of the Web

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| Let's start with the "Wet Paint Body Notes" blog, newly created, with only 
| three posts. One is called "Microsoft Gets Foot in Mass. Office Door". It 
| starts:  
|     In what could be a coup inwardly favour of Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and a 
|     biff to the friendly wellspring league, the stipulate of Massachusetts 
|     personal added Microsoft's Office Open XML norm to its document of give 
|     your declaration standards it will allow for elected representatives 
|     exploit.    
| This is a strange kind of English. It almost seems like a poor translation, 
| or even a poor machine translation, of a document written in another 
| language. But if you poke around a little, you find the this blog post is an 
| unattributed garbled derivation of a 2007 article in Linux Insider. Not only 
| was the original article in English, the reposted version truncates the 
| article, posting only the first few paragraphs.     
| So what's up with that? There are no banner ads or other obvious sources of 
| revenue on the garbled version of the article. It is not a link farm. In fact 
| it has no outgoing links. So why did someone bother?  
| Another example. The blog "75Software-News48" has an new article "Microsoft 
| shows support for ODF", posted just two weeks ago, with the intro: 
|     Amid organization hassle surrounded by wish of interoperability, 
|     Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) protected Thursday announced the discovery of 
|     the Open XML Translator Project. The overhang will fry in the air 
|     permitted software to allow Word, Excel and PowerPoint to knob documents 
|     in contrary technology format.    
| Again, this reads like it is a poor translation from another language. But 
| look further and you can find that the original article is actually in 
| English, from a 2006 TechNewsWorld article.  
| Again, no obvious intent here. It isn't a link farm, and there is no evident 
| source of revenue. It isn't informative and it certainly isn't timely. So why 
| did they do it?  
| One more example this time a LiveJournal blog called "All Microsoft", again 
| newly created, with a post called "Ecma Approves MS Office Format, IBM 
| Dissents". It opens:  
|     Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Open XML bureau software format, broad of via 
|     the tech giant to chase near the Open Document Format (ODF), cleared a 
|     standards hurdle this week, successful approbation from the Ecma global 
|     standards article.   
| Same modus operandi here. Original source, unattributed, is from a 2006 Linux 
| Insider article. 



What happens after the BRM?

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| Microsoft tries it with little success. It invests into European 
| interoperability lobbying, sponsors a lot of conferences but thus is forced 
| to spearhead the call for Interoperability — and "choice".  


Microsoft Hires Programmer to edit Wikipedia Entry For OOXML


Portugal will send Microsoft to the BRM

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| Microsoft, as president of the Portuguese Technical Committee, is already 
| controlling who will be at the BRM for Portugal. The Head of Delegation will 
| be... Microsoft!  


IBM is still locked out of the Portuguese OOXML meeting

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| In spite of various communications, we [IBM] are still locked out and will 
| not be allowed to participate. Microsoft will be there, as well as a special 
| Microsoft guest, as will various Microsoft business partners, and others.  


Microsoft's Stephen McGibbon to represent Ireland at the BRM?

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| There are rumors circulating in Ireland that Microsoft's Stephen McGibbon 
| might be part of the Irish delegation to attend the BRM in Geneva. Microsoft 
| is already controlling the Portuguese delegation, you can expect that they 
| will control half of the table at Geneva. O'MyGod!   


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling 

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These 
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan, 
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think 
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed 
| through.    

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