Summary: Microsoft tries to stir up infighting to cause havoc in Google while also punishing Murdoch’s publications
At Groklaw, Pamela Jones is joking about the fact that the Wall Street Journal (Murdoch’s) does not seem to know this for sure and it even cites the Financial Times as its source. Jones also writes: “Could someone please explain to Microsoft that destroying others isn’t the most productive way to compete? They could try, well, merit, instead. What? Too simple? Too clean? Anyway, this is included in News Picks for all the dreamers out there who thought there was a new Microsoft.”
Yes, the illusion that Microsoft has changed was last addressed in this post about Murdoch, which follows many others, e.g.:
- Microsoft Colludes Against Google
- Microsoft’s Search Endeavours: Resorting to Bribery, Deception, and Intimidation
- Microsoft’s Use of Bribes for Search, Only 4% of Microsoft/Razorfish Clients Used Microsoft Search
- Mainstream Media Finally Discovers Microsoft’s Anti-Google AstroTurf
- Microsoft’s Anti-Google Whisper Campaign
- What Makes Mr. Murdoch Tick
- Spoof: Behind the Google Scenes
- Google’s (Staff) Index Poisoned by Microsoft
- Confirmed: Murdoch Waves Goodbye to Google in Order to Please Ballmer
Some folks are already making up figures, based on some biased poll from a single Web site.
Eighty nine per cent declared the move to be ‘a winner’ with a lowly 11% declaring it to be ‘a loser’.
A pretty good result for a guy that has been called an “old fool,” an “aging idiot,” and as exhibiting, “early signs of dementia” in the press this week.
As one post puts it, “Murdoch thinks Google is doing evil — kleptomania — because he doesn’t understand the new realities of media. Microsoft knows better. Its alleged attempt to woo old-man Murdoch is an act of deepest cynicism. It’s evil.”
That’s not competing, that’s destroying. Microsoft also funded SCO when it was suing Linux, so there is a resemblance in tactics. It attempted something similar with patents [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] a few months ago.
Microsoft has also destroyed Yahoo! in its attempts to destroy Google. See for example:
- Microsoft Fires Up Proxy War Against Yahoo as Debt Looms Over
- King of Hypocrisy(ahoo!)
- Microsoft Fight Against Yahoo Board Gets Uglier
- Microsoft’s Proxy Fight May Have Begun Weeks Ago, Quietly
- Microsoft’s Latest Ugly Tactics Against Google, Yahoo, and VMware
- As Yahoo Proxy War Looms, VMWare and Nokia Return to One’s Mind
- Microsoft Executives Penetrate Corel, Yahoo; Is Novell Next?
- What if Microsoft Owned Yahoo (and the US Government Establishments’ IT)?
- LawMedia Group May be Another Confirmed Microsoft AstroTurfing Agency
- Microsoft Executives Land Inside Microsoft Rivals
- Update on the Microsoft/Yahoo Situation: Google-Yahoo Alliance?
- Microsoft: 800 lb. Guerrilla
- Video: Bloomberg on Yahoo/Google/Microsoft
- Eye on Microsoft: Windows Under Attack from Critics, Cyber Criminals; Yahoo! Besieged by Microsoft
- The Microsoft-Influenced US Regulators Wrong on Yahoo!
- Microsoft Hijacked Yahoo! from the Inside (Updated)
- Newly-Appointed Yahoo Puppet: Let Microsoft Have Us
After destroying Yahoo! from within, some nations won’t stand in its way and as a reminder of the danger of Microsoft in search, the company is rigging its search results against competitors. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Last week we wrote about calls to boycott Bing. It turns out that Microsoft is knowingly shilling for the repressive Chinese government because Microsoft was warned about this before. It did not correct this.
Microsoft Bing Is No Funny Thing
Kristof broached this subject with Microsoft back in June, and the company claimed it was a bug. Six months later, he wrote, the censorship continues, with Microsoft claiming “that a search in any given language emphasizes results from within the country that uses that language. Thus if you search in the simplified characters used within China, then you get disproportionately Chinese propaganda.”