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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Criminals-for-Hire (aka "Lobbyists") Confuse Journalists

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's Criminals-for-Hire (aka "Lobbyists") Confuse Journalists
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 12:54:32 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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EU's antitrust case against Microsoft could mean endless 'crapware' on PCs

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| Antitrust regulators at the European Commission want to force Microsoft to 
| open Windows to other browsers, such as Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome 
| and Opera Software's Opera. That, said the Computing Technology Industry 
| Association (CompTIA)...   


Computer Group Objects To EC Browser Regulations 

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| The Computing Technology Industry Association has warned the European 
| Commission that its remedy for the European browser market could negatively 
| impact the marketplace.   


Microsoft Allies Rally Against EU

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| An industry body partly funded by Microsoft has come to its defence
| [...]
| This week, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a 25 year 
| old industry group funded in part by Microsoft, released a statement coming 
| out against the latest EU case against the dominance of Internet Explorer.  


Propagating his mistake:

SMB Lobby Groups Battle over Microsoft Antitrust Case


ACT is not an SMB lobby group. It's a Microsoft lobbyist disguised as an an SMB
lobby group, which it is not.


Microsoft Antitrust Case Sparks Lobby Group Turf War

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| The latest Microsoft antitrust battle in Europe has sparked a turf war
| between lobby groups that claim to represent small and medium size
| enterprises' (SMEs) interests in the case.PIN-SME, a lobby group on the side
| of the European Commission -- Europe's top antitrust authority -- hit out at
| rival the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) in a statement
| Thursday. The document dismissed ACT's claim earlier this week that SMEs need
| a solid Windows platform containing Internet Explorer (IE) for building
| software.
| [...]
| ACT this week submitted its opinions on the Microsoft antitrust case to the
| Commission. It said it is acting on behalf of 73 SME firms. ACT president
| Jonathan Zuck hit back at Toffaletti's criticism in an interview, pointing
| out that Microsoft is a sponsor, not a member, of the trade group, and
| defending his impartiality.Sponsors also include Oracle and eBay, and
| together their revenue comes to roughly the same amount as ACT makes from
| membership fees from its 4,000 members, Zuck said.
| [...]
| Another long-serving Microsoft ally in its European Commission antitrust
| battles, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Thursday
| backed up Zuck's argument that SMEs are on Microsoft's side in the
| case.CompTIA is intervening in the Microsoft case on behalf of 90 SMEs, it
| said.


What Shall We Do About Software Patents?

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| The ACT seems to think that the patent system works so well in the US, that
| Europe absolutely must ditch its own quaintly fragmented approach, and adopt
| a nicely unified one closer to the Stateside model.
| Pity, then, that books like Patent Failure provide hundreds of pages of
| incontrovertible evidence that the patent system there actually costs more
| money – in terms of litigation – than it generates for patent holders, with
| the possible exception of the pharmaceutical industry (and we all know what
| paragons they are, especially in their licensing terms to developing
| countries.)



MS struggles to discredit Linux

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| What's cheaper than an OS you can buy outright once and install on every PC
| in your shop -- and upgrade cost-free for eternity to boot? Why, a slew of
| cheesy licenses for Microsoft Windows, 'Doze Division VP Brian Valentine
| claims in his latest cheerleading effort for his sales associates.
| That's right; a putatively independent analysis by 'we'll-conclude-anything'
| whores DH Brown is going to rip Linux a new one and find that Windows is
| actually cheaper. How Valentine knows this is anyone's guess. Perhaps he has
| a mole in the Brown organization as good as the one we have in his. Or
| perhaps MS simply paid for it. We don't know.
| It also appears that MS has bought off a number of Linux/Sun 'insiders' whose
| job it will be to explain to the sales team how to pitch the illusory
| advantages of Windows to unsuspecting IT managers. "Dumber people can run
| Windows" is the best advert I personally can come up with, though this is
| without the benefit of expensive analysts and turncoat 'insiders' to feed me
| intriguing tidbits.

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