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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Domain Manager Fraud Revisited

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Ex-Microsoft domain buyer's sentencing in June

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| Here's another quick scheduling note for people following the case of Carolyn 
| Gudmundson, the former Microsoft domain manager who pleaded guilty to mail 
| fraud after being charged with stealing money from the company.   


Also new:

Amazon Accused of Anti-Trust Violations "Tied" to Print-On-Demand Terms

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| Amazon's March announcement that POD publishers would be required to use 
| Amazon's own POD service BookSurge in order to sell books directly on 
| Amazon's site predictably rubbed quite a few folks the wrong way.   



200 Million Pages Can't Be Wrong: Intel Sabotaged AMD's Business

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| The legal action filed by AMD against Intel in 2006 got new evidence to
| support AMD's allegations claiming that it had been sabotaged by its
| arch-rival on the processor market. According to the latest information
| emerging from the trial, AMD gathered 200 million pages of documents that say
| Intel paid its partners to ditch AMD.



Ecuador Tax Agency Closes Microsoft Branch Offices For 7 Days

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| "We have twice requested balances, payment reports and complete tax 
| information, but the company hasn't given it to us, so in accordance with our 
| laws we have proceeded with the closure," the SRI official in charge of the 
| proceeding said.   


Microsoft Office raid in Hungary

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| "Such behavior could lead to the exclusion of competitive products from 
| the market and violate European Union rules, according to the authority 
| known as the GVH."


Insider Trading Hasn't Affect Microsoft Stock - Yet

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| Insider trading is a very serious violation of the law; just 
| ask Martha Stewart, who served five months in prison for 
| avoiding losses of $43,000 through trades that just had suspicious 
| timing (no insider trading was actually proven). This is $6.3 
| million that went straight into Robbie Bach's pocket.


Evidence of Microsoft Influencing OOXML Votes in Nordic States

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| "This is how a standard is bought," Bosson wrote later. "I left the meeting 
| in protest - pissed off." 


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


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| So, even as Microsoft claims superior quality over Linux, they act as if they 
| don't even buy their own FUD. If they really believed that Windows was 
| superior to Linux, they wouldn't have to bribe people with “marketing help” 
| to get them to choose Windows.   

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