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07.29.09

Microsoft’s Proxy Fight Against Yahoo! Turns it to Puppet State

Posted in Google, Microsoft, Search at 11:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Ramses II at Kadesh

Summary: Microsoft overthrew opposition inside Yahoo! and turned it into an anti-Google drone

“Proxy fight” is a technical term which refers to what Microsoft has been doing to Yahoo! since over a year ago.

In response to the most recent development, SJVN calls Yahoo a “Microsoft zombie”, correctly adding that:

Sure, it looks like Yahoo still exists as an independent company, but in reality, Ballmer’s bite has turned it into a Microsoft zombie.

Yahoo has agreed to let its search engine brain, the only thing of value it really had, to be replaced by Bing, Microsoft’s “decision engine.” That’s a fancy, Microsoft marketing phrase, which means it’s a search engine with a built-in bias towards giving pro-Microsoft search results.

Microsoft’s poor illusion of a “decision engine” has gone nowhere (hit a roadblock, as everyone but Microsoft Evangelists knew from the very start), so Microsoft is trying to acquire market share using dirty tricks. This has been evident for over a year. Microsoft spoke to Icahn, who also took a chair in the board of Yahoo! and brought other friends to occupy more chairs (it is called “proxy fight” because Microsoft gets nearer at a personnel level).

“They have already yanked Jerry Yang, who openly accused Microsoft of agitating and destroying his company.”Later on, the cronies brought in (supposedly elected in an already-reorganised company) Bartz, who was a Ballmer partner back in her Autodesk days.

Since Microsoft has had great influence inside the USDOJ since the late nineties*, expect this injustice to carry on without a challenge. They have already yanked Jerry Yang, who openly accused Microsoft of agitating and destroying his company. Where is he now to testify and complain about the very same company that used the USDOJ to derail his planned deal with Google? See the links at the bottom for more details because Microsoft keeps harassing Google from a political and/or legal angle [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

In summary, this has been a form of organised crime, but so much of the mainstream press misses the whole chronology of things; instead, it plays along with the story told by Microsoft and its so-called ‘zombie’.
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* They are known to to have infiltrated around the time of convictions from Netscape. Today’s examples include the likes of Barnett [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8].

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  1. aeshna23 said,

    July 29, 2009 at 9:29 pm

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    This is terrible tragedy. A Google monopoly isn’t desirable, but I’m sure not going to use any Microsoft product. I’ve started using Lycos for the easier searches, because it’s the only independent search that I could find. Is there any other place we can go for searches?

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