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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Caught Phone-spamming

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Caught Phone-spamming
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:27:11 +0000
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Microsoft cloud services: Phone scam or hard sell?

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| Remember reader Bob's recent Grip about a 
| possible service-invoice con that turned out to 
| be an error? Here's another dubious practice -- 
| repeated phone calls about Microsoft cloud 
| computing -- that proved worthy of investigation.
| "Am I the only one getting multiple phone calls 
| from Microsoft Cloud Computing every day?" asks 
| Gripe Line reader Jim. "I've received no less 
| than 10 calls this week alone from a call center 
| in India claiming to be from Microsoft with 
| questions about my cloud computing use. One fella 
| named Mario has called four times already. Do you 
| know if this is something Microsoft is doing, or 
| is it some form of phone SPAM?"
| [...]
| As it turns out, the calls are in fact coming 
| from an overzealous contractor hired by Microsoft 
| to promote its cloud services.



Is Microsoft spamming websites to boost its numbers?

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| Microsoft claims that it's all part of a quality control effort, but a rising
| number of web masters is complaining that Microsoft is trying to inflate its
| Live.com traffic delivery by spamming websites.



Microsoft funding bankrupt Live Search experiment with porn spam

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| Dear reader, please tell me: what do you think of a search engine that steals
| (bandwidth and AdSense revenue), lies, spams away, and is not clever enough
| to stop their criminal activities when theyâre caught?
| Recently a Live Search rep whined in an interview because so many robots.txt
| files out there block their crawler...


Microsoftâs Club Live fiasco

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| People were using the macro on more than 3 games at a time, on more than 2
| accounts at a time, why Microsoft didnât pick up on the fact that in the
| first few days some people had accumulated enough for 3 Zunes each is beyond
| us. Some were lucky, others, not so much.
| [...]
| So far no one has been banned from using their accounts, which they needed to
| sign up, probably because they did not break any laws, or probably because
| Microsoft didnât want that hassle and liked their new found traffic.


Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains

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| In a blog post, Compete analyst Steve Willis attributed Microsoft's
| search gains to prizes awarded to users participating in Live Search
| Club, which features games that post queries to Microsoft's search
| engine.
| [...]
| Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds
| of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for
| people actually using Live Search."

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