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08.23.12

Speak Out: Did Microsoft Florian — Funded Also by Apple — ‘Spam’ You Too? More Funding Appears to Come From Anti-Android/Linux Camp.

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, Patents at 11:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Blog secretly funded by enemies of Android and Linux

Florian Mueller

Summary: The deception machine of Microsoft Florian is exposed further as the case of Apple against Samsung approaches its end (bar appeals)

THE high-profile Android case has led to pressure from the judge to disclose paid bloggers. Google named nobody, whereas Oracle named two [1, 2, 3].

Now it turns out that “Apple has retained Florian Mueller as a consultant,” which is a known way of passing a bribe (it’s the business model, as Microsoft privately calls it). “So GROKLAW keeps catching FM showing bias while publicly holding himself up to be an expert on FLOSS patent violations and the like, and a blogger/journalist,” writes Pogson, who adds: “The guy really is in “Technology Evangelism Mode”. He even sent me an e-mail about Oracle v Google, unsolicited. I reported it to PJ at GROKLAW as did others so she has been on FM’s case for a while.”

“They use the same tactics of misinforming journalists en masse. That’s their service.”Groklaw continues investigating this case and remarks from bloggers are telling: “So, the guy is clearly not an expert on FLOSS patents and is an advocate for those who pay him, not just a “consultant”. Apple clearly did not want the judge digging too deeply into that relationship and for sure telling the jury about it. I find it particularly interesting that FM used e-mail to contact me and to comment on the blog rather than commenting using WordPress. What’s with that? Clearly, he went to some trouble to dig up the e-mail address (It’s not as if I stick it on the front page.) rather than just clicking. Was he trying to influence me, going for a larger goal than just providing feedback? I “bit him on the hand” and I hope he does not return.”

Microsoft Florian does not allow comments in his blog because people used to comment to expose him. He thrives in secrecy and he 'spams' journalists behind the scenes. It’s his modus operadi.

Did you too get contacted by this lobbyist? Please speak out if so. Some bloggers come out saying they too were his victims.

Speaking for myself, I fell into his trap in the early days (Techrights quoted his talking points after he had mailed us repeatedly), but I soon woke up; now I find him to be an extremely scummy guy who takes money from companies to conduct AstroTurf campaigns that involves mass-mailing writers and even threatening those who criticise him (yes, he threatened me too).

Mr. Microsoft will be reported to the FTC for AstroTurfing (I am working on my submission), just like Waggener Edstrom
or Burson-Marsteller. They use the same tactics of misinforming journalists en masse. That’s their service.

Putting the lobbying aside for a moment, Apple’s case is shown to be weak in the following recent video about Apple’s lack of innovation.

Samsung won’t settle because it has a strong case, or maybe because Apple remains too delusional to drop the case as decision comes. The following video was sent to us by a reader yesterday:

Apple decided to sue different rather than think different. So many of its own supporters have defected.

This is a pointless legal battle that Apple should never have started at all (put aside the bias from IDG’s columnists).

The jury, a bunch of ordinary people, will soon decide on the case, but to what extent does deception from lobbyists and Apple’s misleading claims going to affect the outcome? As one article put it, “[t]he summer blockbuster that is Apple v. Samsung is coming to a close as both companies have delivered their closing arguments. Neither side held back in their last opportunity to argue their case, with Apple telling Samsung to make its own phones and Samsung warning the jury that Apple is trying to mislead them.

“It’s been an exciting four weeks. Along the way we’ve seen Samsung leak evidence that was refused by the court, never-before-seen prototypes of iPhones and iPads, and previously unreleased sales figures for both companies. We even got a hilarious parody from Conan O’Brien.”

“Apple decided to sue different rather than think different.”Here is the take from Pamela Jones [1, 2, 3, 4] and something about the Motorola complaint that is indirectly relevant to the case (similar allegations).

Google recently countered Apple’s attack with a lawsuit that can rattle Apple with sanctions. We will write about this subject separately, probably tomorrow.

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  1. mcinsand said,

    August 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

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    A couple of things. First, ‘Microsoft Florian’ is a bit limiting, in addition to being a lot of syllables. Let’s take a fresher look at him. Flo is a working girl with a mouth that does what it’s paid to do. What if we shorten things a bit to be accurate, but not too crude: Floho?

    Next, I have been doing a lot of thinking about the cult’s use of words and language, and I think that can get some handle on what they try to pass off as reasoning. Let’s say, for example, that LG comes out with a really clear, sharp display that they are out flogging to high end technology-related companies. LG innovated, invented, and developed this display, at least in terms that rational people understand, and Apple becomes one of their customers. Now, to the cultist, by marketing and commercializing this display, Apple has ‘innovated.’ We can’t really say that this would be part of their dictionary because we then see what happens when someone else buys these displays for use in a product. Where Apple ‘innovated’ by purchasing what LG was offering, the other companies ‘slavishly copied.’ There! We now have a pattern, and it is one simply that words will have whatever meaning serves the cult and dodges the simple reality that Apple charges more and actively fights choice and freedom. Apple markets and repackages. Development and innovation are left to their vendors.

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