[News] [Rival] More Microsoft Astroturfing and Lobbying Exposed

[News] [Rival] More Microsoft Astroturfing and Lobbying Exposed

Post by Roy Schest » Sat, 06 Oct 2007 18:10:58

ecidivist M$ Up to New Tricks

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| Unleash the Astro-Turfers!
| Already on Apple oriented developer mailing lists one can see the
| astro-turfing has begun. A really amateurish attempt by 'Mac Developer' (no
| one uses a stupid handle like that) turned up today.


Computer Group Spent $130,000 Lobbying

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| The trade group, whose 25 members include Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and
| Yahoo Inc., lobbied Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, Federal
| Trade Commission, the White House, Commerce Department and other agencies.


FCC permits well-connected lobbyists to skirt anti-lobbying rules

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| The GAO's examination concluded that groups which routinely participate in
| FCC rulemaking procedures often know when votes will be taken on specific
| rules, even before the information is made public.



The INQ guide to the baleful side of PR bunnies

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| Burson M might have tried to advise against it, saying if the news gets out
| it will make Microsoft look sleazier than it already looks. Or the guys at
| Burson M might have just fallen over on their backs without a murmur. Now the
| cack has hit the fan, they'll probably get another good kicking from the Vole
| because the primary function of a PR is not only to be a flack, but to take
| the flak when the client is too frit to accept the blame.


Microsoft sets spinners on court verdict

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| Microsoft may have lost in court, but it quickly tried to win the war of
| media reaction via organisations like CompTIA, the Computing Technology
| Industry Association and ACT (the Association for Competitive Technology)
| which both intervened in court on its side.


Microsoft Looks for the Big Guns in OOXML In-Fighting

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| Bill Gates has reportedly been making phone calls to the Secretary of Defense
| and the Secretary of Commerce to push the American National Standards
| Institute to ignore the votes of its advisory committees and vote "yes" on
| ISO standardizing Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) format, the one in
| competition with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) pushed by IBM and Sun.
| Gates reportedly picked up the phone when the last INCITS ballot failed by
| one vote to support Microsoft.


The Complete Story on the US INCITS Vote

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| Well, it hard to take a vacation, isn it? Not only is it styled as oing
| quiet,but it offers an opportunity for others to present only part of the
| story. While much of what Jason writes is accurate, it curious what he
| leaves out - including the fact that not one ballot, but two, have been
| circulated to the INCITS Executive Board for simultaneous voting.


Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

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| It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slip