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It All Depends on DOJ vs MSFT
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Emcee:  David Freidenberg Type:  Unmoderated
Funny how truly important issues which define the larger picture often go undiscussed, seemingly forgotten amidst the massive daily bombardment of relative trivia, as the mood swings wildly back and forth, as if each daily revelation either hammers another nail into coffin lid, or provides the spark of hope from which a short term rally might arise. Maybe it’s the fact that big issues are more difficult to grasp, require time to work through, or as is often the case, prove too difficult or too controversial for people to discuss rationally. For whatever reasons, big issues are frequently sublimated, and end up lost in the fray. But that doesn’t change the fact that a big issue can, and almost always does, determine the outcome of the entity, be it a small or medium sized business, a corporate behemoth, or the US economy.

Consider this statement: The overall issue which caused the crash of the NASDAQ stock market was the DOJ vs MSFT decision.

One would expect this statement to arouse a certain degree of controversy, since the emotionality of the pro-MSFT vs anti-MSFT populations rival that of pro-life vs pro-choice. But regardless of one’s MSFT “faith” persuasion, the DOJ decision coincided in time with, and would appear, at least to a degree, to have precipitated, the loss of leadership and subsequent unwinding of the technology industry. Few would question that the ensuing crash of the NASDAQ, has contributed largely to the current US economic crisis.

The huge impact that this would have on the economy was foreseen by few. Yes, Mr. Greenspan may have been a little loose with the pursestrings on the way up, enabling overspeculation and increased debt, but he probably could have been successful in moderating growth by gradually raising rates, as he has done so many times before, had it not been for the DOJ decision. In 20-20 hindsight, either DOJ or interest rate increases alone might have been effective in moderating the economy, but not both. As we frantically lower rates, at the expense of abandoning our vigilance against inflation, trying to clean up a mess, how much of that mess was created by the DOJ?

We will try to successfully separate emotionality from facts surrounding DOJ vs MSFT. All viewpoints are encouraged.
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61United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit UNITED STATES v. MICROSOFT CDavid Freidenberg-6/12/2001
60One for all Ballmer predicts Microsoft will not be split Special report: the fDavid Freidenberg-6/12/2001
59To:NewVision who wrote (58762) From: Duke of URL Tuesday, Jun 12, 2001 2:15 AMDavid Freidenberg-6/12/2001
58Let's thank Margie for the following synopsis, and her impressions: Message David Freidenberg-5/3/2001
57<i>Antitrust case weakens USA</i> Brian, That article should have bt2-4/26/2001
56Truth or fiction? "Market Report -- In Play (MSFT, DOJ) April 24, 2001 12:David Freidenberg-4/25/2001
55Webster's Unabridged: "reprobate," n. 1. a depraved, unprincipDavid Freidenberg-3/20/2001
54Unbelivable behavior by AOL and SUNW: thestandard.comBrian Sullivan-3/19/2001
53In your scenario, MSFT might go up, but the markets almost certainly would go doDavid Freidenberg-3/16/2001
52<i>I do believe the markets will be the final arbiter.</i> The stocDave-3/16/2001
51The market Titanic’s stern is on the rise. If she cracks, there’s no going backDavid Freidenberg-3/16/2001
50The markets will only "provide the best answer" if the DoJ is successfDave-3/16/2001
49Hi Dave, The markets will provide the best answer, if government will leave thDavid Freidenberg-3/16/2001
48And why does MIT's Lester C. Thurow write so favorably about Microsoft? MayDave-3/14/2001
47<B>Antitrust case weakens USA</B> By Lester C. Thurow usatoday.com Brian Sullivan-3/13/2001
46Seattle Times, Sunday, March 04, 2001, 12:46 a.m. Pacific seattletimes.nwsourceDavid Freidenberg-3/4/2001
45Still standing news.ft.com Microsoft appears to have gained the upper hand in David Freidenberg-3/3/2001
44"Still Standing", Financial Times article: news.ft.comDavid Freidenberg-3/3/2001
43Article in The Standard.com thestandard.com WASHINGTON – For most reporters, cBrian Sullivan-3/2/2001
42Some excepts from oral arguments: msnbc.com About product tying and remedy: JuDavid Freidenberg-3/2/2001
41Even MSFT basher slashdot is uncomfortable with DOJ: "Much as people fault David Freidenberg-3/2/2001
40<B>Microsoft Emerges Cocky After Hearings</B> interactive.wsj.com Brian Sullivan-3/2/2001
39There was a good copy last night, with page breaks, but don't see it this moDavid Freidenberg-3/2/2001
38"AND IT IS RELISHING the dot-com implosion that it says has sent some emploDavid Freidenberg-3/2/2001
37Improved copy of transcript of 2-26-01 afternoon session on tying: microsoft.comDavid Freidenberg-3/1/2001
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