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Microsoft has been sending out mixed messages about its antitrust stance against Google's swallow of online ad broker DoubleClick. Reuters reports that Jean-Philippe Courtois, head of Microsoft International, said in Paris yesterday: "The question is not for Microsoft to have specific views... as in all markets, it is for the …

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But of course ...

Whilst in relation to advertising :

"If Google and DoubleClick are allowed to merge, Google will become the overwhelmingly dominant pipeline for all forms of online advertising." This would definitely "be bad" for just about everyone

Such an overwhelmingly dominant position in operating systems is good for everyone - at least if you believe the Redmond spin doctors !

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The headline should read...

Google's buyout of Double-click disrupts world domination efforts, Microsoft cries afoul...

In recent testimony before a senate sub committee, Microsoft's chief headhunter and war counsel front man, Brad "Boba feit" Smith, testified that allowing Google to purchase Double-Click would create a monopoly in the online ad market, which would directly interfere with microsoft's efforts to rule the world, and asked that this deal be stopped at once. he also testified that allowing such an enormous advertising powerhouse would pave the way for the "Do no Evil" search engine to abuse the market and artificially dictate advertising prices, he offered Microsoft's own business model and proven history of consumer abuse as proof of concept, adding that such temptations are too difficult to resist, and the ne'er-do-weller Google lacks the ability to resist such temptations, pointing out that such abusive powers should not be spread about the world in different corporations, but confined to as few corporations as possible to protect the interests of these corporations, noting that the hardware / software markets are all ready well covered by abusive monopolies with Intel and Microsoft having steadfast command of these target rich environments...

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