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Microsoft’s New Browser “Sucks Less,” Says Microsoft

Last year we saw Samsung sell itself by attacking its competitors’ fans, and that seems to have worked pretty well. Now we’ve got a tech company attacking its critics — and giving itself a sort-of-gentle ribbing at the same time.

Take it away, Microsoft:

Does anyone actually get whipped up about browsers anymore? Hard to believe.

But smart of Redmond to embody its critics as a basement-dwelling troll, because those guys have even fewer defenders than line-sitting hipsters. And because they’ve ensured that basement-dwelling trolls will spread the ad widely on their behalf, free of charge.

Well played!


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work