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The company is on a mission to derail or delay Google's deal to outsource a portion of its ads on Yahoo. The company says it's still interested in buying just Yahoo's search business. Microsoft has deployed its lawyers and Washington staff to meet with lawmakers to discuss how Google will monopolize search advertising and drive up prices through its new Yahoo partnership.
Microsoft's budget for political lobbying exceeded that of Enron, the judge residing over the antitrust case has heard.
Microsoft are well known for redefining (and benefiting from) tech lobbying. I suppose that money pays for cases like this one.
Microsoft has deployed its lawyers and Washington staff to meet with lawmakers to discuss how Google will monopolize search advertising and drive up prices through its new Yahoo partnership.
Too bad advertisers don't have lobbying clout.
[edited by: Marcia at 4:45 pm (utc) on June 26, 2008]
Had they not started messing things up, Yahoo! would not have sought up Google. MSFT only has themselves to blame.
MS... you know you have the man power and the brains to get it done. Why don't you just do t already and quit crying about Google and Yahoo going to bed together. You tried and lost, so what do you do now? Get off your butt and make your Search Engine better. Sometimes you have to spend money to make it. I personally think that you guys are more worried about getting an immediate ROI for everything you try to do instead of sticking with it and improving your existing products. Your Search Engine and your AdCenter are both no good. Fix them and people will come!