Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jan 2006 19:16 UTC
Microsoft Following news that Google refused to comply with a subpoena requiring the company to turn over search records from its database, much speculation swirled about the response from rivals MSN and Yahoo. MSN has broken its silence and now acknowledges that it did share search data, but no personal information. The subpoena was handed down by the US Department of Justice last summer, and was reportedly issued to gather data to support a child protection law that was struck down two years ago by the Supreme Court. Under that law, the government could punish pornography sites that made content easily accessible to minors.
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RE[2]: Good on you Google!
by glarepate on Tue 24th Jan 2006 18:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Good on you Google!"
glarepate
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2006-01-04

MS can't win...

Do you suppose if they could go back and do it over again they wouldn't have gotten themselves into this predicament? Maybe made a more secure set of products or decided to compete fairly in the marketplace or not steal so much IP?

If they had done things fairly and legally the first time around they surely wouldn't have wound up in a situation where there are so many fanbois defending them because they would have established a reputation as a decent and honest company.

Or is their situation the fault of those who, admittedly illegally in many cases, exposed the weakness in design of their OS with 150,000 pieces of malware, viruses, trojans and worms [oh my]? Or the fault of those who beat them in court for their theft, decption and predatory monopolistic practices?

Pray tell, what could have saved them from this dilemma?

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