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[News] [Rival] Microsoft-Hired Shills (CompTIA and ACT) Attack EU Commission

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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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