Bonum Certa Men Certa

Microsoft is Broadcast

FCC logo



Summary: Microsoft is broadcasting its messages to the world via NBC, its new advertising partner (not just 'news' partner); the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is reportedly working with Microsoft again, months after its executive Steven VanRoekel was named managing director of the FCC

Microsoft and NBC: Decoupling Couple



IT HAS BEEN a long time since we last wrote about MSNBC's manipulation of stories in Microsoft's favour. Yes, Microsoft is also in the news business, reporting about itself in collaboration with NBC's reputation. There are some other examples of channels that Microsoft and Gates partly control through investments, but we leave those aside today.



The news starts with a press release which says that "NBC Taps Microsoft Advertising" and it is celebrated by only two sources we could find, namely Microsoft Nick and another very familiar Microsoft booster.

NBC has tapped Microsoft Advertising to do a broad, multiplatform campaign for promoting the network's fall television lineup, the companies announced Thursday.


We later found another site that covered it, but that's about it. This hardly matters, but it received congratulatory coverage.

Is anyone surprised by these moves? This pair is already working very closely together. Is this the best Microsoft can do? Use existing partners to pretend to have 'won' a contract?

aQuantive



Also in the Microsoft Web sites:

Record aQuantive deal slow to produce results for Microsoft



Three years after Microsoft agreed to buy Seattle-based digital advertising company aQuantive, the Redmond company’s ad revenues have barely budged, its online losses have deepened, many of aQuantive’s top executives have left, and one of aQuantive’s biggest units has been sold.


Microsoft sold part of the company (after rumours), shedding off over 2,000 workers in the process. Microsoft actually laid off many more and lost many managers, including many aQuantive heads. Since their acquisition they have left Microsoft. We kept track of them because it matters where they end up influencing, often connecting the new employer with the former (Microsoft). This leads us to the next report.

FCC Managing Director and Microsoft



We are actually a lot more interested in what Microsoft does with the regulators of media/network and broadcast. Recall what happened to the FCC after it had hired a Microsoft executive for a top position [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. It happened after Microsoft had been trying to get into the core of the system and this push is back again. (more from John Letzing in the Wall Street Journal)

U.S. Federal Communications Commission officials have visited Microsoft Corp.'s Redmond, Wash., campus to examine an experimental network relying on unused TV airwaves the company hopes will help lead to expanded Internet access, according to a public filing.


Is the FCC giving Microsoft an opportunity to also control networks now? Is Microsoft not getting enough with the media layer just yet? Eben Moglen recently explained why this is dangerous.

Recent Techrights' Posts

Debian Developer at Sirius Was Under the Wrong Impression That Staff Must Check or Should See E-mail All the Time (24/7 Work Attention is an Occupational Health Hazard)
My personal and professional experience with a Debian Developer (DD) at work
Techrights More Productive Than Ever Before
Today we finally crossed the 1,900-page milestone
Europe's Adoption of GNU/Linux, by Country (Now About 6%)
in Switzerland, for instance, adoption of GNU/Linux has been profoundly low
Not Only Has Adoption of Windows Vista 11 Flatlined/Plateaued, Now It is Going Down!
Did many people delete Vista 11 and install GNU/Linux instead?
 
[Meme] Record EPO 'Productivity'
Patent applications granted
Job Groups 5 and 6 at the European Patent Office (EPO) Another Case of EPO Discrimination
an under-reported (or entirely not covered) backlash from last summer
[Meme] Microsoft Fan: "Microsoft is in a panic from the continued loss of its user base"
Published a couple of weeks ago
Android Has Reached New Highs in Mexico, According to Web-Derived Data (Android Now Almost a Majority of the "Market")
Not far from 50%, i.e. half of the "market"
In defence of Albanian women: Outreachy & Debian favoritism scandal
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Links 04/03/2024: Old Crisis Looming, UPC Already in Infringement of Article 6 ECHR
Links for the day
The Right to Disconnect (Meme and Very Recent References)
relatively new press
Links 04/03/2024: Techno-Babble in Tech Job Ads and Vision Pro Already Breaking Apart
Links for the day
[Meme] 'Debating' People by Subscribing Them to Lots of SPAM
Rebuttal? No, spam.
From Sexual Harassment of Women to Yet More Cybercrimes
They can be prosecuted
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, March 03, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, March 03, 2024
Venezuela: Windows Below 70% (Laptops and Desktops), GNU/Linux Up to 7%
It's a lot higher in Cuba
ICYMI: ZDNet Financially Controlled by Microsoft
a history of censoring SJVN's Microsoft-critical articles
Argentina Joining the 4% 'Club' (GNU/Linux on Desktops and Laptops)
Data as ODF
Transparency Sets Society Free
"Convenient delusions" aren't bliss but temporary relief
[Meme] The EPO, Europe's Second-Largest Institution, Which is Contracting With Belarus
Socialist EPO
The European Patent Office's (EPO) Illegal Ban on Mass Communication Gets in the Way of Democracy
The scientific process (patents apply to science) must allow scrutiny, both from within and from the outside
Links 03/03/2024: Depression in Hong Kong, Sex 'Apps' and STIs
Links for the day
Links Gemini 03/03/2024: NixOS and NextCloud, Back Into Ricing
Links for the day
The Debian family fallacy
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
GNU/Linux Peaking in Europe, Android Measured as Higher or More Prevalent Than Windows
Android topping Windows
For Every Action There's a Reaction
Gates lobbying Modi
Like in Africa, Android Takes Control, Raking in Almost All the 'Chips' in Asia
So Microsoft has no OS majority except in Japan and Russia (and tiny Armenia).
Links 03/03/2024: Goodbye, Navalny (Funeral Reports)
Links for the day
Gemini Links 03/03/2024: A Wild Devlog Appeared and GrapheneOS Ramble
Links for the day
Gemini at 3,800+
total number of known capsules at above 3.8k
Be a Navalny
We salute Mr. Navalny
Mozilla Firefox is Back in ~2% Territories, Jeopardising Its Status as Web Browser to Test/Target/Validate With
Some new stats
[Meme] Russian Standards of Law: The Executive Branch Decides Everything
the president's kangaroo court
Up Next: The Tricky Relationship Between the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO and the European Patent Organisation (EPO)
We've moved from presidents who run a republic by consent to corrupt, unqualified, dictatorial officials who bribe for the seat (buying the votes)
IRC Proceedings: Saturday, March 02, 2024
IRC logs for Saturday, March 02, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
Beware Imposter Sites of Techrights (Not Techrights.com or Techrights.org)
Only trust pages accessed through the domains controlled by us
Italy visa & residence permit: Albanian Outreachy, Wikimedia & Debian tighten control over woman
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock