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   Technology StocksMSFT -- Should the DOJ Break it up?


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To: Crystal ball who wrote (120)5/11/2000 4:25:00 PM
From: Spirochete
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I'm waiting patiently for Microsoft's decision on how the US government should be split up. Interesting thought, huh?

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To: Spirochete who wrote (121)5/11/2000 10:20:00 PM
From: DeplorableIrredeemableRedneck
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LOL...That would be very confusing. On the Microsoft side you would have "Baby Bills" and on the government side you would have "Baby Bills" LOL

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To: Spirochete who wrote (121)5/12/2000 2:20:00 AM
From: Crystal ball
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All for that these days....GATES and BALLMER may secretly HOPE BREAKUP happens...They could never sell ALL their shares otherwise...it did wonders for Rockerfellers when Standard Oil was broken up....(though no one ever told Exxon).
I am,
Truly your$,
-Crystal Ball

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To: Crystal ball who wrote (123)5/13/2000 10:24:00 PM
From: Kenneth E. De Paul
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You're right. Individuals whose assets are that high will probably increase their wealth. Like any forced breakup, they will try to maneuver the Governement to their advantage. I have always thought that unconsciously that is a hope.

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To: DeplorableIrredeemableRedneck who wrote (122)5/13/2000 10:25:00 PM
From: Kenneth E. De Paul
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On Microsoft side, Baby Bills, on Government, Baby Hills.

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To: Kenneth E. De Paul who wrote (124)5/15/2000 7:25:00 PM
From: Crystal ball
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Thats why $65 year low is not too far away...control "Post-Breakup" will still receive a premium...not so everyone else.
I am,
Truly your$,
-Crystal Ball

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To: Crystal ball who wrote (126)6/8/2000 9:22:00 AM
From: Kenneth E. De Paul
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I told you so! Look at the date of when I started this thread!

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To: Kenneth E. De Paul who wrote (127)6/8/2000 10:13:00 AM
From: dkgross
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Doesn't ANYONE find it amazing that with all the interviews with MSFTs 'competition', APPLE NEVER GETS MENTIONED???? Where were the interview with Steve Jobs yesterday?

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To: Qtrlytrades who wrote (93)6/8/2000 12:57:00 PM
From: Sunny Jim
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<<The reasons to break up MSFT are for using that successful monopoly to unfairly bring down other companies and their technology.>>

i agree with you...MSFT top brass whine that the DOJ actions will hurt innovation...fact is, MSFT has continually squashed innovation of other companies for the past decade. The DOJ actions will only hurt MSFT innovation if MSFT chooses it to be that way. Otherwise they ought to get off their whiney asses and innovate to their hearts content.

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To: Kenneth E. De Paul who wrote (127)6/8/2000 5:01:00 PM
From: Crystal ball
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MSFT Break Up good for GATES/BALLMER...Why...$ of course...the breakup will allow for them to convert their shares into cash, they can not do this today, since as CEO's etc they have a fiduciary duty to not "sink" the stock as for example almost happened to Compaq when it was learned its CEO was selling out before the earnings news etc....this a how Rockefeller made his BIG money....not by holding Standard Oil Stock, but by being FORCED after the Sherman Anti-Trust Case to divest his shares...and be paid "A PRETTY PENNEY AT THAT!". A MSFT Break up will allow other companies, particularly NASDAQ stocks to "fill the vacuum" and that means they too will benefit in stock price performance as market shares convert into increased earnings over the next year or 2 or 3. (Thats' the whole life cycle of even MSFT product lineS anway, or any Tech company despite what the copyright and patent boys say...innovation replaces product LINES very very fast in the internet age)
I am,
Truly your$,
-Crystal Ball

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