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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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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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