Report: Microsoft Holds 'Screw Google' Meetings

Microsoft has denied that the company holds meetings where the company develops strategies to undermine search giant Google. The denial follows a report by Daily Finance that said, "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...the effort is designed make Google look like the big high-tech bad guy here."

Daily finance went on to say that these meetings are known by some insiders as "screw Google" meetings.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity to avoid retribution, Daily Finance reports that the meetings occur once a week, are led by Fred Humphries, Microsoft's chief lobbyist in D.C., and include several people who work for Law Media Group.

"Law Media Group has several people who work full-time on Google-bashing," the source told Daily Finance. "Everybody knows Microsoft is trying to throw roadblocks at Google and knock them off their game. Microsoft is trying to harm Google in the regulatory, legal, and litigation arenas because they're having problems with Google in the competitive marketplace."

Ginny Terzano, Microsoft's Washington spokesperson, called the report absurd.

"This is absurd. While Google is a healthy competitor, Fred is focused on advancing policies that benefit our partners and consumers, and not running meetings of the type you describe. Your sources are badly misinformed, and your information is wrong."

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  • megamanx00
    Yeah, because poor little Microsoft is such an underdog against the dominant Google. Oh wait...............
  • hellwig
    "Fred Humphries, Microsoft's chief lobbyist in D.C. .... Fred is focused on advancing policies that benefit our partners and consumers"

    Corporate lobbyists should be illegal. Government should be
    "by the people, for the people", but coporate interests are running rampant in this country. It doesn't matter what Fred is doing, by the very nature of his job, he is anti-democratic. Every day he shows up to work is "screw the tax-paying, law abiding citizen day"
  • NuclearShadow
    The screw Google meetings are 100% true which I can confirm as I attended one. We chanted anti-Google slogans and then hired a voodoo priest to preform rituals to curse Google. We then stabbed the voodoo dolls with the appearance of the Google founders with needles and set them on fire.

    For a lunch break we ordered Chinese and to find the nearest one that delivers we Googled it.
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  • chaohsiangchen
    Quote:
    Microsoft has denied that the company holds meetings where the company develops strategies to undermine search giant Google.


    Liars. Executing strategies to undermine search giant Google is what M$ have tried multiple times in the last 6 months. They've tried with cash incentive, changed name of their search brand, heavily invested in "movie" and image search and declared their own brand of online Office service for free. Combined with their new efforts in Windows Mobile, they are actively engaging market wars against Google on almost every front except YouTube. They just made a strategic alliance with Amazon and Yahoo. If they said no such meeting has ever been held, that's a lie, and they are lying.

    BTW, when will they restart selling M$ Word?
  • megamanx00
    Yeah, because poor little Microsoft is such an underdog against the dominant Google. Oh wait...............
  • tsiberious
    I thought there were anti-competitive laws in place to prevent companies from purposefully interfering with other companies.
    yeah yeah, i know, there Microsoft and they can get away with anything, but this is a little too out in the open.