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Google's filing  (Source: Scribd)
Refusal to consider competitors other than Microsoft partners violates the law, Google argues

Last time a software company this big went to war with the United States government, it was Microsoft Corporation on the receiving end of antitrust accusations.  This time around it is the U.S. government on the defense, as the world's largest internet firm, Google Inc. accuses the U.S. federal Department of the Interior of collusion with Microsoft to illegally hand it email contracts without reviewing competitors products, including Google.

Onix Networking Corp., an enterprise reseller of Gmail and Google's other internet software services is listed as a co-plaintiff in the suit.  Microsoft is not formally listed as a defendant.

The DOI last year went looking for a web-documents service.  However, it decided early along to only consider software offerings that were part of Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite, essentially excluding Google and other third parties.  Google called that decision "arbitrary and capricious".

It began by writing the DOI a complaint letter in the spring, in which it asserted:
We believe these Microsoft-based requirements would violate the Competition in Contracting Act because they bear no rational relationship to the DOI's needs, are not written to enhance competition or innovation, and unduly restrict competition.
Google claims the DOI representatives responded with "assurances to Google representatives that DOI would conduct a full and open competition for its messaging requirements."  But no such investigation appears to ever have occurred.

Some observers are surprised by Google's decision to pursue legal action against the U.S. government.  The internet company is thought to be among the highest profile highest antitrust targets in America's tech industry.  The suit strikes some observers as a surprising role reversal.

Google claims claims that its under antitrust suspicions are fallacious and insists that it's still a "small" company compared to other giants like Microsoft.

Microsoft has been feeling the heat from Google and other "free" or ad-driven software makers.  The company recently ran an aggressive campaign attacking Sun Microsystem's free Open Office 3 suite, which some are viewing as a competitor to Microsoft's lucrative Office suite.


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Eww
By flyingrooster on 11/2/2010 1:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
Unrelated, but I just used a different computer than I usually do to check this site and the browser locked up because of the SIX huge flash banner ads and several flash hover-over ads. WTF seriously? How do people live without Ad Block?




RE: Eww
By Pirks on 11/2/10, Rating: 0
RE: Eww
By The Raven on 11/3/2010 1:06:46 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure how Adblock works but with NoScript running on FF it only takes ONE click!

Why settle for a 'decent' browser, when you can have the best!!!

Countertrolling and exagerration aside, Opera is a great browser in my experience, but I won't use non-open-source SW unless I have to.


RE: Eww
By bug77 on 11/2/2010 1:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
They don't. Jason Mick posted a screenshot of his desktop showing the DT page and it also had the ads blocked. ;-)


RE: Eww
By pequin06 on 11/2/2010 2:43:02 PM , Rating: 1
I don't use Firefox or FF with Ad Block and I've never had an issue.
Maybe if people didn't have a habit of visiting (ahem) questionable sites and clicking on everything then their browsers wouldn't get screwed up.


RE: Eww
By bug77 on 11/3/2010 10:31:27 AM , Rating: 2
You obviously don't know what you're talking about.
Try Noscript for Firefox and see how many sites want to run scripts on your computer when you visit DT. Or any other (ahem) unquestionable site of your choice.

Afaik, only IE can get borked up by visiting malicious sites. I've never seen a site/adware trying to hijack the homepage of install toolbars into FF, Opera or Chrome.


RE: Eww
By The Raven on 11/3/2010 1:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
If I understand what you are saying, that is not true. FF and others can get borked. Though I've personally never seen addons being pushed, malware does get through. Sometime they just shut the browsers down. So I might not know exactly what you mean by borked, but I don't want people using other browsers to get smug in their percieved security.
(Disclosure: I use FF and Chromium on Ubuntu, and FF on XP and 7, and rarely use IE8 so I can't pass judgement on it. But it is safe to say that I will never use it by choice. I use stock Chromium and FF with noscript except on my wife's netbook because she doesn't want to deal with it lol. I have to keep an eye on that one ;-) )


RE: Eww
By pequin06 on 11/3/2010 7:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
I do know what I'm talking about.

You show you don't know what you're talking about by saying things like this
quote:
only IE can get borked up by visiting malicious sites. I've never seen a site/adware trying to hijack the homepage of install toolbars into FF, Opera or Chrome.


You Firefox fanatics are just about as bad as Apple fanatics.


RE: Eww
By bug77 on 11/4/2010 7:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
Sure you do.

1. At any given moment, there are about 5 different sites running scripts on your computer when you visit DT, so your statement that only those who visit questionable sites get popups and such is surely based on a lot of understanding.

2. Yes, technically FF can be hijacked. But over the years when I had to fix friends' or neighbors' browsers, it was always IE full of toolbars and/or showing 10 popus at each startup. After I installed FF for them, they never had a problem again.

3. Do you know a lot of FF fanatics that keep at least 3 browsers installed all the time? (Not to mention I only use primarily FF at work.)


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