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[News] [Rival] Apple Found Connected to AstroTurf Agencies

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Breakfast briefing: Microsoft and Yahoo saga continues to drag on

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| Astroturfing - planting fake support for an idea or product - has been around 
| the technology industry for a long time, but new claims have dragged Apple 
| and the iPhone into the mire. The allegations from CrunchGear are that one PR 
| firm has been getting interns to post positive reviews for clients on the 
| iTunes Store. It's disappointing, and likely just the tip of a big, dirty 
| iceberg: I'm sure that we're going to see more examples turn up very soon.     


Cheating the App Store: PR firm has interns post positive reviews for clients

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| Reverb Communications is an extremely successful PR firm that claims to 
| have âfirst partyâ and âpersonalâ relationships with Apple. 
| [...]
| Another interesting side-story here is about Reverbâs relationship with 
| Apple. Now, we donât expect Apple to have caught the bad behavior of one PR 
| firm on the App Storeâs reviews. That would just be ridiculous. But we were 
| surprised to know that Reverb had worked with Apple so much.   



Shameless Front Group Plans More Astroturf

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| After its public relations firm was outed for sending fake letters opposing
| the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill to members of Congress, the American Coalition
| for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is expanding its "grassroots" outreach.
| The coal industry front group "is launching a $1 million campaign" to secure
| more concessions for coal in the Senate version of the climate change bill.



Microsoft puppets spamming ANSI

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| An impressive list of spam comments asking for supporting OOXML and
| backward compatibility, claiming also that "Open XML in no way
| contradicts any other international document standard". No really?


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| In 2001, the Los Angeles Times accused Microsoft of astroturfing
| when hundreds of similar letters were sent to newspapers voicing
| disagreement with the United States Department of Justice and its
| antitrust suit against Microsoft. The letters, prepared by Americans
| for Technology Leadership, had in some cases been mailed from
| deceased citizens or nonexistent addresses.

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