Big brother China eyes Microsoft

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| A new Chinese anti-monopoly law due to take effect in August could become the
| thorn in Microsoft's side should it be successful in its takeover bid for
| Yahoo!. The law will allow Chinese regulators the power to examine foreign
| mergers when they involve acquisitions of Chinese companies or foreign
| investment in Chinese companies.

Going slightly off topic here:

False ideology at the heart of the financial crisis

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| The proposal from Hank Paulson, US Treasury secretary, for reorganising
| government regulation of financial institutions misses the point. We need new
| thinking, not a reshuffling of regulatory agencies.
| [...]
| Regulators ought to have known better because it was their intervention that
| prevented the financial system from unravelling on several occasions. Their
| success has reinforced the misconception that markets are self-correcting.
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The Great Depression: The sequel

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| A record number of Americans receiving food stamps. Gas prices at an all-time
| high, and staples such as milk, eggs and bread costing a prettier penny every
| week. The average number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits
| reached its highest level in two years last week, while just this week,
| construction spending fell for the fifth straight month and manufacturing
| activity shrank to its lowest level in five years. Real estate values are
| even plummeting in the Hamptons, and hedge funds started off 2008 with their
| worst quarter ever.

Bush still a fan of OOXML/Microsoft/RIAA lobbyist...

Bush flatters Sarkozy as French Elvis

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| It's "Love me tender" between the United States and France after President
| George W. Bush compared French President Nicolas Sarkozy with rock'n'roll
| singer Elvis Presley.
| Bush told NATO leaders at a Bucharest summit on Thursday that when Sarkozy
| visited the United States recently, he was seen as "the latest incarnation of
| Elvis".


Sarkozy intervenes in France to revert the OOXML position

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| Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the
| French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert
| their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached
| by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been
| made on Friday. * *


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| [Nicolas] Sarkozy and his family have been vacationing at
| a lakefront estate in Wolfeboro owned by former Microsoft Corp. executive
| Michael Appe.

Fran Nevrkla Identifies a Copyright Gap

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| The support for Commissioner McCreevy came from the French President Nicolas
| Sarkozy. Soon after taking office, he set up a commission, led by the head of
| the major retail chain FNAC, to look into copyright and the creative
| industries. Alongside recommendations on ISP responsibility, the commission
| proposed extending copyright and this will be on the agenda when the French
| Government assumes the Presidency of the European Union in July this year. * *

Is Sarko Uxorious?

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| What this neglects to take into account is the fact that falling into the
| public domain is a gain for the public - and hence the actual moment when it
| becomes part of the "national pop heritage" - and that the gain vastly
| outweighs any minimal effect it has on ageing rockers' royalties.
| Unfortunately, with this action, as with others (including the "three strikes
| and you're out" approach to fighting filesharing), Sarkozy shows himself to
| be an old man - however young his new wife may be. * * *

France set to experience a revolution in public broadcast television

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| French president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to ban advertising on public
| television and replace the income stream with a tax on mobile phones and
| Internet accounts. "Our national television must provide quality and access
| to culture; it must not be shaped solely by commercial considerations," said
| Sarkozy in Paris on Tuesday. * *