[News] [Rival] Hypocritical Microsoft Lobby Still Pressures Google

[News] [Rival] Hypocritical Microsoft Lobby Still Pressures Google

Post by Roy Schest » Wed, 21 Nov 2007 20:40:40

.S. lawmakers urge Google-DoubleClick deal scrutiny

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| Two U.S. senators on the antitrust subcommittee urged the Federal Trade
| Commission's chairman to submit Google's purchase of advertising company
| DoubleClick to "serious scrutiny."


It all started with Microsoft. It wanted DoubleClick for itself and got


EU extends review of Google/DoubleClick merger



Microsoft trying to derail Google/DoubleClick deal by lobbying congress

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| Microsoft has hired lobbying firm Patton Boggs LLC to do work on "competitive
| issues surrounding Google/DoubleClick [sic] merger."


Microsoft Finds Legal Defender in Justice Dept.

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| Nearly a decade after the government began its landmark effort to break
| up Microsoft, the Bush administration has sharply changed course by
| repeatedly defending the company both in the United States and abroad
| against accusations of anticompetitive conduct, including the recent
| rejection of a complaint by Google.
| [...]
| In the most striking recent example of the policy shift, the top
| antitrust official at the Justice Department last month urged state
| prosecutors to reject a confidential antitrust complaint filed by
| Google that is tied to a consent decree that monitors Microsoft's
| behavior. Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest
| operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google's desktop
| search program, lawyers involved in the case said.


Politics and tech companies: follow the money


Changing the Report, After the Vote


Tech Companies Paid Lobbyist $200,000

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| Over 60 companies and trade associations, including Microsoft Corp. and Apple
| Inc., have formed the Coalition for Patent Fairness, which paid Patton Boggs
| to lobby Congress in support of patent reform legislation, according to the
| form posted online Aug. 9 by the Senate's public records office.


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 slipped into
| a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within
| 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were
| pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations
| (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974.


Politicians in Microsoft's Pocket

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| Continuing on the theme of which politicians are receiving money from
| who. Here is a list of candidates who took money from MSFT.


Google-Doubleclick deal likely to win OK - experts

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| Mark Kovner, an antitrust lawyer with Kirkland & Ellis,