10.30.08

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Microsoft is Doing it Again… to Yahoo and Google

Posted in Antitrust, Google, Law, Microsoft, Search, Videos at 10:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Never make room for bullies in the cloud

“Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would ‘backstop,’ or guarantee in some way, BayStar’s investment…. Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar’s investment in SCO.”

Larry Goldfarb testimony

SEVERAL months ago we showed how Microsoft had been making decisions 'on behalf' of the government, essentially determining who is allowed and who is denied a landmark deal or an acquisition. Political influence plays a considerable role here [1, 2, 3] because it sometimes boils down to biases, greed, or gut instincts. With this recent summary of Microsoft's action against Yahoo/Google in mind, it’s worth watching the following video:

The freezing (or blocking) of the deal has nothing to do with technical considerations. It’s Microsoft’s intervention that single-handedly suffocates Yahoo, preventing it from making sound strategic moves. Even if inevitable, the more it’s delayed for, the more Yahoo! crumbles and the cheaper it is to acquire. Microsoft knows what it’s doing, and it’s truly despicable.

Based on today’s news reports, Yahoo! is again being pressured to approach Microsoft, which denies wooing the Internet giant despite very recent and contradictory comments from Microsoft’s CEO.

Related to this are also the following videos, which have just landed in YouTube. And by the way, “Eight Years Later, Microsoft is Still a Monopoly.“ An abusive one, no less.

USvMicrosoft: 10 Years Later – Roundtable

USvMicrosoft: 10 Years Later – Phil Malone

It is almost funny how quickly people forget what Microsoft has done over the years, labeling critics of Microsoft “intolerant” [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] rather then pursue the source of intolerance.

“The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity.”

Andre Gide

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