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Friday, August 28, 2009

Anti-Google Lobbying in Washington

Daily Finance reports:

Microsoft’s chief Washington lobbyist has been convening regular meetings attended by the company’s outside consultants that have become known by some beltway insiders as “screw Google” meetings, DailyFinance has learned.

The meetings are part of an ongoing campaign by Microsoft ..., other Google ... opponents, and hired third parties to discredit the Web search leader, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter.

“Microsoft is at the center of a group of companies who see Google as a threat to them in some combination of business and policy,” said a source familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity to avoid retribution. “The effort is designed make Google look like the big high-tech bad guy here.”

“Microsoft is trying to harm Google in the regulatory, legal, and litigation arenas,” a source “familiar with the meetings” is quoted to have said.

[Via Matt.]


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