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Re: BUSTED: Microsoft is AstroTurfing Again

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____/ Homer on Monday 08 Aug 2011 17:17 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> Burson-Marsteller in Germany anti-Google smear campaign sponsored by
>> Microsoft Article in newspaper:
>> http://www.fr-online.de/politik/meinung/der-mensch-denkt--google-lenkt/-/1472602/8736368/-/
>> Covered here too:
>> http://netzwertig.com/2011/08/05/mangelnde-transparenz-uber-lobbyismus-in-der-internetwirtschaft/
>> http://blog.die-linke.de/digitalelinke/anti-google-pr-in-der-frankfurter-rundschau/
> [quote]
> Anti-Google PR in the Frankfurter Rundschau
> Written by Juergen Scheele on August 2, 2011
> The "Frankfurter Rundschau" today opened its pages for a guest post by
> Christoph Waitz under the title "Man proposes, Google directs" . This
> Google as a "menace to society and to free knowledge" is displayed.
> Waitz himself, from 2005 to 2009 a member of parliament and spokesman of
> the FDP parliamentary group for cultural and media policy, is a
> spokesman for ICOMP (Initiative for a competitive online market) named
> in Germany.
> Is not communicated through the leaf, however, that it is ICOMP to one
> run by the PR agency Burson-Marsteller and Microsoft-funded lobbying
> organization for the promotion - so loud self-reported data - the
> competition in online advertising and the protection of intellectual
> property To safeguard Authors 'and publishers' rights concerns.
> On the website of the organization chef and waiters are clearly spelled
> out: "ICOMP is funded by membership fees and is funded by Microsoft.
> Burson-Marsteller acts as the secretariat of the initiative. "The fact
> that the initiative specifically runs PR campaigns against Google was,
> most recently at Spreeblick read at the May uncovered, Burson-Marsteller
> on behalf of Facebook executed PR campaign against Google. Previously
> had Spielkamp Matthias pointed out the role of ICOMP and
> Burson-Marsteller to promote the publishers demanded by the press
> service protection rights.
> [/quote]
> http://tinyurl.com/4xt59cq [Google translation]
> This isn't new though. Microsoft set up this astroturfing group in 2007,
> in response to Google's acquisition of DoubleClick:
> [quote]
> Microsoft Funding Anti-Google Trade Group Since 2007
> Under the somewhat sensational headline, âDark forces gunning for
> Google,â The Telegraph today shared the story of ICOMP â the Initiative
> for a Competitive Online Marketplace â a European-based trade group that
> appears to exist mostly, or solely, to be a thorn in Googleâs side.
> On its website, ICOMP hits all the right notes. Its mission statement
> talks about âsupport for principles that are essential to a healthy
> online environmentâ and âthe adoption of best practices to promote
> creativity, innovation, safety and trust.â
> But the group also says that âno single company should be allowed to
> abuse its market power to the detriment of competition or consumers,â
> and that seems to hint at its real target: Google. In fact, ICOMPâs
> Industry News page should be called a âGoogle investigations and
> complaintsâ page: Of the 40 articles listed, only three donât have
> Googleâs name in the headline.
> As The Telegraph article points out, Microsoft is listed as ICOMPâs
> âinitial trusteeâ in this PDF available on the groupâs web site, and
> thereâs small print in the site footer that says ICOMP is âfunded by
> member contributions as well as sponsorship from Microsoft.â All of this
> actually goes back to 2007, when Microsoft and PR agency,
> Burson-Marsteller, formed ICOMP and began to fight against Googleâs
> acquisition of DoubleClick.
> [/quote]
> http://searchengineland.com/microsoft-funding-anti-google-trade-group-since-2007-57953
>    "no single company should be allowed to abuse its market power to the
>     detriment of competition or consumers"
> Says the shill defending the world's worst culprit, Microsoft.
> He also failed to explain exactly /how/ Google is allegedly "abusing"
> its market power, since AFAICT there is in fact no barrier preventing
> people using competing search engines, all of which are free, and all of
> which are freely accessible.
> This is in stark contrast to Microsoft's near total monopoly on PCs,
> which are preinstalled with Windows without option or recourse, due to
> secret "agreements" between OEMs and Microsoft.
> But then I don't seriously expect a paid Microsoft shill to make sense.
> His job isn't to make sense, it's to "kill" his client's competition.
> Pamela Jones put this quite succinctly:
>    "Is your horse *really* faster? If so, why shoot my horse?"
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20090619161307529
> Because they're gangsters.

What about the "new Microsoft"?

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		~~ Best of wishes

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