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Microsoft has allegedly stolen technology developed by a Guatemalan inventor. The technology in question is designed to link spreadsheet data between two of Microsoft's programs. Plaintiff lawyers delivered opening statements in a jury trial that started on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Central California. Guatemalan software engineer Carlos Armando Amado's lawsuit claims he filed for a patent in 1990 for software he invented while he was a graduate student at Stanford University.
No wonder. So, what else is new? Everyone knows that Microsoft plays hardball whenever they can. And they always think that they can get away with it because they are Microsoft. This comes to me as no surprise, since this is not the first time I have heard about such cases. Anyone can check out the cases of Sendo and Burst.com as an example of typical Microsoft behavior. As you will see, the evidence is overwhelming. Here are the links ...
Sendo accuses Microsoft of dirty tricks
Microsoft's media monopoly
Goliath crushes David
Burst.com accuses Microsoft of theft
Microsoft ordered to uncover old e-mails
Burst, Microsoft agree to settle suit
Microsoft antitrust case takes Linux twist
Ballmer memo targets Linux
Microsoft sends message with Unix deal
Microsoft protecting rights-or Windows?