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[News] Nathan Myhrvold Troll Company Called "Pyramid Scheme", Funded by Microsoft and Apple

  • Subject: [News] Nathan Myhrvold Troll Company Called "Pyramid Scheme", Funded by Microsoft and Apple
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:06:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Intellectual Ventures' Patents Starting To Show Up In Lawsuits

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| Intellectual Ventures, of course, is the Nathan Myhrvold company that has 
| been building up a huge portfolio of patents with which to get big tech 
| companies to pay many millions of dollars to not get sued -- and, according 
| to many, to get a cut of future deals as well, making the whole thing sound 
| suspiciously like a pyramid scheme.    
| [...]
| But, a year ago, we noted that the company appeared to be getting antsy. 
| While it was bringing in some hefty fees from a small group of companies who 
| bought into the equity pyramid (which neatly lets the world outside be 
| confused over what's "investment" and what's "revenue"), there was concern 
| that investors were getting impatient. Pouring billions of dollars into a 
| company that isn't doing much can make some investors a little anxious. And 
| while we still don't know of any direct lawsuits, Zusha Elinson has noticed 
| that Intellectual Ventures' former patents are starting to show up in court, 
| often involving some of the most well known names normally associated 
| with "patent trolling."         


Intellectual Ventures Takes Indirect Route to Court

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| Both Apple and Microsoft have been reported to be IV investors. 


When you buy from Apple, you fund patent trolls.


Conn. divorce judge puts $250K into escrow

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| A Connecticut divorce judge ordered Tuesday that $250,000 be placed in escrow
| that a hedge fund planned to pay a former Microsoft employee amid a federal
| investigation of possible insider trading.
| [...]
| The Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year reopened its probe
| of possible insider trading at Pequot. It's investigating if Pequot traded
| Microsoft Corp. Â( MSFT - Ânews Â- Âpeople ) shares on confidential
| information provided by Zilkha, whom it had hired.



Microsoft exec dumped stock prior to Red Ring announcement

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| To make matters more murky, the sales were not registered with the Securities
| and Exchange Commission within the mandatory two days of the transaction, a
| result of an alleged "administrative error." Microsoft has since remedied the
| issue by following the "procedures required of late-filers." Â


Microsoft's Bach sold more stock before Xbox news

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| Microsoft Corp. executive Robbie Bach sold $3 million more in company stock
| during the period leading up to an announcement about a costly flaw in its
| Xbox video game console than previously reported, according to a filing
| Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Â


Insider Trading Hasn't Affect Microsoft Stock - Yet

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| MarketWatch.com reports that Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's
| Entertainment and Devices division, sold $6.2 million of Microsoft
| stock just prior to announcing that Microsoft was going to have to
| extend XBox 360 warranties to three years because of extensive
| failures. The filings note that this was not part of any
| scheduled diversification or selling program; this was a
| conscious, unscheduled sale by the guy in charge of releasing
| news that could affect the value of Microsoft stock.
| [...]
| Insider trading is a very serious violation of the law; just
| ask Martha Stewart, who served five months in prison for
| avoiding losses of $43,000 through trades that just had suspicious
| timing (no insider trading was actually proven). This is $6.3
| million that went straight into Robbie Bach's pocket.


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| Sadly, many of these brilliant people have been blinded by the stock
| price and unable to see that Microsoft is also the key architect of
| the greatest financial pyramid scheme this century.
| It is not uncommon for participants in pyramid schemes to lose their
| emotional bearings. My close friends who work at Microsoft are
| particularly upset over my work and it is possible that even Bill
| Gates and Steve Ballmer do not realize the implications of their
| financial practices.


Microsoft Shilling and Astroturfing

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| MSFT Shilling and Astroturfing
| Â Â * Paid for ads purportedly from a think-tank, although at least
| Â Â Â one signer of the ad defended it. You might want to take a
| Â Â Â closer look at what the web has to offer on this issue.
| Â Â * Paid for Gartner "research" and DH Brown "research". Also
| Â Â Â paid for IDC "research".
| Â Â * Planned to plant fake op-ed pieces in local newspapers.
| Â Â Â See also this C|Net article.
| Â Â * Fake "grass root" letter writing campaign. See also
| Â Â Â this article. This time, the astroturf is directed to Attorneys
| Â Â Â General of the US states suing Microsoft for anti-trust violations.
| Â Â * Planted shills in a Compuserve forum
| Â Â * Planted shills in ZDNet TalkBack forum and MSNBC forum shills
| Â Â * Planted shills in an AOL forum
| Â Â * Stuffed an on-line ballot box
| Â Â * Stuffed another on-line ballot box
| Â Â * Fund a think-tank to produce a favorable whitepaper.
| Â Â * Astroturfed a Register reporter
| Â Â * Secretly funded a Grass roots Network of "Citizens".
| Â Â * Analysis of Microsoft lobbying and astroturfing
| Â Â * Posted fake user testimonials. See also this commentary.

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