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LA Times: See, Consumers Come First (Yeah, Right) [MS trial]

Jun 13, 2000, 19:22 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Scheer)

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"This case always had far less to do with the public interest than with the greed of rivals at Netscape, America Online, Sun Microsystems and other companies that were instrumental in building the legal argument against Microsoft advanced by the Justice Department and 19 state attorneys general."

"In a startling abandonment of its regulatory obligations, the Federal Communications Commission has not seriously questioned the AOL takeover of Time Warner, which leaves the company in a dominant position to merge the Internet with the major producer of old media content. Never has one company had so much power to control the flow of news and entertainment in the market, a threat to free expression that is far more serious than any posed by Microsoft."

"Why single out Microsoft? Are we less free because we write on Microsoft Word, prefer Windows to Linux or use the company's Internet Explorer? The public doesn't think so; the latest Gallup poll shows Bill Gates with a 69% favorable rating, and a strong majority oppose breaking up his company."

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