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[News] [SOT] Government-granted Monopolies; Dishonesty at Microsoft

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Stop the spectrum auction madness

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| When a company pays billions of dollars for a monopoly on the use of 
| spectrum, it can only get that money back by charging you a lot of money to 
| use it.  
| That money is a tax, a spectrum tax, one you pay on every phone call you 
| make, and every ringtone you download. 
| But it’s your spectrum. Yours and mine. The electromagnetic spectrum is not 
| government property, and need not be private property. It is supposed to be 
| regulated by the government in the public interest, to prevent interference.  


Honest technology executives

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| Wouldn't it be nice if just for one day that the top brass of the technology 
| companies would actually tell us the truth? Can you imagine what it would be 
| like?  
| Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer: "Hey, I'm just a sales guy who's in over my 
| head. I know I deserve to be fired, but I'm a great number two. Want to buy a 
| copy of Vista with a free upgrade coupon for Windows Seven?  
| Microsoft Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie: "Yes, please fire Ballmer with 
| his dancing bear act and his broken volume control, and put me in charge. 
| Now."   



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. 


US politicians go to bat for Microsoft


Report Says Nonprofits Sold Influence to Abramoff

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| E-mails released by the committee show that Abramoff, often
| with the knowledge of the groups' leaders, exploited the tax-exempt
| status and leveraged the stature of the organizations to build
| support among conservatives for legislation or government action
| sought by clients including Microsoft Corp., mutual fund company
| DH2 Inc., Primedia Inc.'s Channel One Network, and Brown-Forman,
| maker of Jack Daniel's whiskey.


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.


Politics and tech companies: follow the money

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| Microsoft took first place with $651,100 given out, while
| Hewlett-Packard gave only $185,550, and Gateway gave a paltry
| $2,000. Microsoft's donations certainly illustrate well the true
| size of the company and the extent of its political concerns.

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