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 Jan 24, 2005 - 02:00 PM - by Michael
* Microsoft hits blogger with "IP Defense"

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Following Apple's authoritarian lead regarding pseudo-IP news, Microsoft has ordered a blogger to rescind postings as well.

At issue is Engadget's postings regarding "Windows Mobile 2005".


In a Jan. 18 letter it said was issued on behalf of Microsoft, the law firm of Covington & Burling asked the publisher of tech-enthusiast site Engadget.com to remove screenshots of a forthcoming Microsoft operating-system release known as "Windows Mobile 2005." According to the request, Microsoft considers the images to contain "proprietary trade secret information belonging to Microsoft."

Microsoft also requested that two other Windows-focused sites, Neowin.net and Bink.nu, remove related information from their Web sites. Neowin was the first site to publish in early January the alleged screen shots and development schedule for Windows Mobile 2005.
I have a hunch we'll see more and more of this as time goes on; the temptation for the 900-lb gorillas of the industry to throw their weight around on even the unsubstantiated rumors is just too great.

Thankfully, the EFF has been in the middle on this one.
 

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