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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Prepares to Increase Lobbying (Legalised Bribery) of US Government

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Prepares to Increase Lobbying (Legalised Bribery) of US Government
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:48:50 +0100
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Microsoft to be more vocal about state politics

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| It would be naive to say Microsoft hasn't had 
| plenty of influence on Washington politics 
| through lobbyists in Olympia. But the state's 
| second-largest private employer plans to be 
| more publicly vocal about issues its 
| leadership thinks are important, an executive 
| said.


Efficient Energy: Sizing and Seizing Opportunities

,----[ Quote ]
| Washington's Governor "joined us" on stage for 
| a role-playing exercise. And with the help of 
| a prototype Time Machine, we explored several 
| opportunities for businesses, researchers and 
| policymakers to create a prosperous future in 
| clean energy. 
| [...]
| Panelist Gary Gigot is Chief Marketing Officer 
| at Optimum Energy. His company reduces energy 
| use in the air-conditioning systems of large, 
| commercial office buildings.
| Forthrightness compels me to add that Optimum 
| Energy is a past client. I was the company's 
| interim VP of marketing in 2007, up until 
| Gigot was recruited as CMO. Gigot brings his 
| prior experience in marketing at Microsoft 
| and, prior to that, Visio.



Corporate lobbying against free software

,----[ Quote ]
| Itâs rare to find, then, a brochure produced
| with the intent of talking down free software
| as a whole. However, Wikileaks has turned up
| just such a document: the SirsiDynix brochure
| against âopen sourceâ library software,
| distributed on a restricted basis to certain
| customers. In particular, theyâre raging
| against the likes of Evergreen and Koha. I
| should own up that Iâve known one particular
| Koha developer, MJ Ray, for a long while, but
| this isnât an area I particularly have a lot
| of direct experience. If I were a Koha
| developer, though, reading this would be a
| bit smarting: they accuse it of many things,
| in particular of having priorities belonging
| in the 80s.


Hudson: Corporate lobbying against free software

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