John Paczkowski

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BULLETIN: Microsoft Employs Lobbyists. Also: Water, Wet; Fire, Hot

Given Microsoft’s espoused feelings about Google’s proposed acquisition of DoubleClick, is it really a surprise that the company has retained the services of some veteran lobbyists to make those sentiments known around the Beltway? According to a recent public-disclosure filing with the U.S. Senate, Microsoft has hired law firm Patton Boggs to highlight the competitive issues associated with the Google-DoubleClick merger, which it argues will harm competition in the online advertising market.

Patton Boggs has some pretty big legal guns in its antitrust arsenal, among them Antitrust Modernization Commission vice chairman and former Clinton White House attorney Jonathan Yarowsky.

Course Google’s packing quite a bit of lobbyist heat these days, too: The Podesta Group, Makan Delrahim (former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s antitrust division) and former Republican U.S. Sens. Dan Coats and Connie Mack–both partners in the Washington law firm of King & Spaulding–are all helping to steer the company through regulatory approvals in its proposed acquisition of DoubleClick.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik