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[News] Microsoft is Down and GNU/Linux is Up

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Linux Is In Business and Business Is Good

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| The 5K layoff at Microsoft will look like a paper cut compared to the 
| hemorrhaging that will take place if some of those lucrative government 
| contracts were lost to Linux and Open Source applications. Remember...  
| 
| For almost every Microsoft and Windows machine that gets axed, there will be 
| an anti virus company somewhere crying a river of tears as well. 
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http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2009/01/linux-is-in-business-and-business-is.html

Microsoft's staff exodus speaks volumes (see bottom). Microsoft is down sharply
to $16.xx territories.

Even Microsoft's anti-Linux message isn't this bad

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| This anti-Linux Microsoft "ad" hit the Web a few weeks ago, but I just came 
| across it last night and thought it was funny. 
| 
| It's not funny because of its content but rather because some people actually 
| think that it's a real ad put out by Microsoft to discredit Linux, one 
| originally placed on a page describing how to multiboot operating systems.  
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10153188-16.html


Recent:

Another Microsoft Corporate VP leaves the nest

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| I missed this: Gerri Elliott, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of its
| Worldwide Public Sector business, is out.
|
| [...]
|
| Update:  The more you dig, the more quiet executive resignations/departures
| you find. Two more Microsoft Corporate VPs — Lewis Levin and Richard McAniff,
| both with Office — also left Microsoft at the end of last year. Perhaps there
| really is a case to be made that attrition will end up reducing Microsoft’s
| ranks without full-timers being let go….
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1831


Microsoft Profit, Sales May Fall Short, Bellini Says

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| Microsoft Corp. may have to warn shareholders that profit and sales will fall
| short this quarter for the first time since 2000, according to Heather
| Bellini, an analyst at UBS AG.
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=avsV8CziCIOU&refer=home


Will Microsoft miss its quarterly estimates?

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| A Microsoft analyst thinks that the company might have to warn shareholders
| that its results won't match forecasts, according to Bloomberg News.
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http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/156250.asp?source=rss


Razorfish cuts West Coast staff

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| Rumors have circulated for months that Microsoft may be looking to sell the
| Razorfish business, though CEO Clark Kokich told TechFlash last month that
| there was nothing in the works. However, he didn't rule out the possibility
| down the road.
|
| "That doesn't mean that two to three to four years from now, it might not
| happen," Kokich told reporter Eric Engleman.
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http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Layoffs_hit_Razorfish35539414.html


Microsoft's Razorfish cuts NYC staff

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| Microsoft's online ad agency Razorfish laid off 40 staff in its New York
| office this afternoon, citing a dropoff in business from the financial
| services sector.
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http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/Microsofts_Razorfish_online_ad_agency_cuts_NY_staff33609649.html


Microsoft Cuts Staff at FAST Search Division

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| Xconomy received a report last week that the Oslo, Norway-based FAST Search
| division of Microsoft, which has a 180-person outpost in Needham, MA, and a
| smaller office in New York, had laid off 25 people in its U.S. offices.
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http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2008/11/25/microsoft-cuts-staff-at-fast-search-division/


Ex-Microsoft boss sentenced

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/371393_msftcourt19.html


Former Microsoft Manager Gets 2 Years In Jail

http://news.portalit.net/fullnews_former-microsoft-manager-gets-2-years-in-jail_1427.html


SEC Foresees Rise in Fraud Cases

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| Laying out his priorities, the new enforcement chief for the Securities and
| Exchange Commission in San Francisco said Thursday he expects an upswing in
| fraud cases against public companies.
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http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202424479239


Related:

Microsoft's Accounting Under Scrutiny

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| The company has still not made enough information public to provide analysts
| with detailed information on the profitability of its MSN Internet business,
| Mr. Galvin said, adding, ''There's still room for them to obfuscate.''
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http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A03E1DC173DF932A35754C0A96F958260


Microfraud?

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| THE ALLEGATIONS WERE shocking: For years, Microsoft has systematically
| distorted its profit figures in an effort to consistently beat Wall Street
| expectations and keep its stock price steadily rising. The false reports
| would violate SEC regulations, and amount to outright fraud.
|
| More shocking was the source of the allegations: Microsoft's chief of
| internal audits, Charlie Pancerzewski, who reported directly to the company's
| chief financial officer.
|
| Most shocking of all was what happened to Pancerzewski when he reported the
| suspicious bookkeeping to his supervisors, Microsoft CFO Mike Brown and chief
| operating officer Bob Herbold, in the spring of 1995. Soon afterward,
| Pancerzewski—who for nearly five years had received stellar performance
| evaluations—received his first-ever unsatisfactory one, and was eventually
| forced to resign.
|
| Two months ago, Microsoft quietly settled a lawsuit containing these
| allegations, filed in 1997 by Pancerzewski under the Whistleblowers
| Protection Act. The auditor claimed he was wrongfully terminated after
| telling his supervisors that Microsoft might be breaking securities and tax
| laws. The lawsuit made its tortuous way through several rounds of pretrial
| motions until last fall, when US District Judge Carolyn Dimmick denied
| Microsoft's final plea for summary judgment, finding credible evidence that
| Microsoft may have violated SEC rules, as Pancerzewski alleged. Shortly
| thereafter, Microsoft and Pancerzewski settled out of court. Terms of the
| agreement were sealed, but one source who claims familiarity with the case
| says that Microsoft paid Pancerzewski $4 million.
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http://web.archive.org/web/20070308032343rn_2/www.seattleweekly.com/1999-01-06/news/microfraud.php

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