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3:57 pm on Jun 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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AP via Yahoo! News: Google presses feds to watch Microsoft [news.yahoo.com]

Google Inc. is pressing for an extension to the U.S. Justice Department's oversight of Microsoft Corp.'s business practices, most of which is set to expire in November, according to a court filing Monday.

"Microsoft's hardwiring of its own desktop search product into Windows Vista violates the final judgment" in the U.S. government's antitrust case against the software maker, Google said.

This should be vaguely interesting to watch, as another quote from the article describes what will become the main point of argument:

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said in an interview earlier this month that Instant Search is not a new feature, but rather an update of the hard-drive search that has been a part of Windows since the beginning.

I'm running W2K, and there it is: A right click in the left pane of Windows Explorer brings up a context menu with the option to Search...

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U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said Google should take its concerns about Vista to the Justice Department and the states, adding that Google is not a party in this case. The judge said she would hear the government's views on how to deal with the concerns.

U.S. judge tells Google to work through Justice
[uk.reuters.com]