The comment section of any blog is going to be filled with content that’s just as amusing as the story it’s commenting on.
You can just look at Business Insider’s comments, which are a mess of astute insight and irrational vitriol.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that comments on Microsoft’s blog post expressing disappointment with the FTC are much more entertaining than the actual blog post.
Yesterday, the FTC settled its investigation into Google. It basically let Google off with almost no changes to its business. This was a massive blow to Microsoft which was pushing the FTC to do something to Google. As Dan Lyons put it, “[Microsoft] has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists and phony grassroots groups over the past several years hoping to land Google in hot water.”
Dave Heiner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft, laid out why Microsoft was unhappy with the FTC.
- It doesn’t think the settlement does enough to address Google’s ability to abuse its Motorola patents.
- It doesn’t think it does enough to address advertisers ability to manage Google campaigns as well as Bing campaigns simultaneously.
- Microsoft is also frustrated because, “Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering a high-quality YouTube app for the Windows Phone.”
- Google is shoving Google+ down users throats when Facebook is more relevant.
- Google is also pumping up its shopping results to only include listings that are paid for by advertisers/retails, thus affecting how truly relevant they are.
The comments to Heiner’s post are uniformly negative against Microsoft, and in some cases raise good points.
This is the risk-reward of having comments. They can often make you and your writing look silly! But kudos to Microsoft for letting people leave comments like this:
Via Dan McDermott