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[News] [Rival] More Inside Trading Points to the Pyramid Scheme (aka Microsoft)

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Conn. divorce judge puts $250K into escrow

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| A Connecticut divorce judge ordered Tuesday that $250,000 be placed in escrow 
| that a hedge fund planned to pay a former Microsoft employee amid a federal 
| investigation of possible insider trading.  
| [...]
| The Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year reopened its probe 
| of possible insider trading at Pequot. It's investigating if Pequot traded 
| Microsoft Corp.  ( MSFT -  news  -  people ) shares on confidential 
| information provided by Zilkha, whom it had hired.   



Microsoft exec dumped stock prior to Red Ring announcement

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| To make matters more murky, the sales were not registered with the Securities 
| and Exchange Commission within the mandatory two days of the transaction, a 
| result of an alleged "administrative error." Microsoft has since remedied the 
| issue by following the "procedures required of late-filers."   


Microsoft's Bach sold more stock before Xbox news

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| Microsoft Corp. executive Robbie Bach sold $3 million more in company stock 
| during the period leading up to an announcement about a costly flaw in its 
| Xbox video game console than previously reported, according to a filing 
| Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   


Insider Trading Hasn't Affect Microsoft Stock - Yet

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| MarketWatch.com reports that Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's
| Entertainment and Devices division, sold $6.2 million of Microsoft
| stock just prior to announcing that Microsoft was going to have to 
| extend XBox 360 warranties to three years because of extensive 
| failures. The filings note that this was not part of any 
| scheduled diversification or selling program; this was a 
| conscious, unscheduled sale by the guy in charge of releasing 
| news that could affect the value of Microsoft stock.
| [...]
| 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.


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| Sadly, many of these brilliant people have been blinded by the stock
| price and unable to see that Microsoft is also the key architect of
| the greatest financial pyramid scheme this century. 
| It is not uncommon for participants in pyramid schemes to lose their
| emotional bearings. My close friends who work at Microsoft are
| particularly upset over my work and it is possible that even Bill
| Gates and Steve Ballmer do not realize the implications of their
| financial practices.


Microsoft Shilling and Astroturfing

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| MSFT Shilling and Astroturfing
|     * Paid for ads purportedly from a think-tank, although at least
|       one signer of the ad defended it. You might want to take a
|       closer look at what the web has to offer on this issue.
|     * Paid for Gartner "research" and DH Brown "research". Also
|       paid for IDC "research".
|     * Planned to plant fake op-ed pieces in local newspapers.
|       See also this C|Net article.
|     * Fake "grass root" letter writing campaign. See also
|       this article. This time, the astroturf is directed to Attorneys
|       General of the US states suing Microsoft for anti-trust violations.
|     * Planted shills in a Compuserve forum
|     * Planted shills in ZDNet TalkBack forum and MSNBC forum shills
|     * Planted shills in an AOL forum
|     * Stuffed an on-line ballot box
|     * Stuffed another on-line ballot box
|     * Fund a think-tank to produce a favorable whitepaper.
|     * Astroturfed a Register reporter
|     * Secretly funded a Grass roots Network of "Citizens".
|     * Analysis of Microsoft lobbying and astroturfing
|     * Posted fake user testimonials. See also this commentary.

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