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Ten Tech Blunders: Whoops, We Stepped in It!

May 25, 2007, 12:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"2) That 'Linux is a Cancer' Remark

"The Blunder:

"In a horrible case of foot-in-mouth that revealed deep fear behind a thin mask of disdain, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer compared Linux to cancer. Ouch!

"What Happened:

"In 2001, Microsoft was feeling embattled. The year before, in the case United States v. Microsoft, a federal court handed down a judgment declaring the company to be an 'abusive monopolist.' There was talk of breaking the corporation into smaller, component parts..."

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