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MSN Vows To, "Screw Google" -- Capitol Hill Style

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    MSN Is On Team 'Screw Google'

    http://gawker.com/5348113/who-is-on-team-screw-google

    Microsoft convenes regular "Screw Google" meetings on Capitol Hill, Daily
    Finance reports, as part of an effort to tear down rival Google's image. Who
    would want to help Microsoft do this?

    The better question is who wouldn't?

    Carol Bartz and the rest of team Yahoo certainly have incentive to get on board;
    they are pursuing a potentially lucrative search agreement with the Redmond
    software company, and that requires a regulatory green light clearing the deal
    of antitrust violations.

    Bartz has already flip-flopped on whether Google was a threat to her company
    the day her deal with Microsoft as announced (see video above). That the
    Justice Department pledged to fight a similar deal between Yahoo and Google
    only strengthens this line of argument.

    Then there is DC's corps of PR and lobbying firms, always eager for a
    well-monied client. Daily Finance mentions two, Law Media Group and Glover Park
    Group, but what about Burson-Marsteller? We heard earlier this year that Mark
    Penn's PR operation had targeted Google on behalf of sometime client Microsoft;
    the company stated only that "We are not lobbying for Microsoft against Google,"
    a non-denial that leaves the oily firm plenty of wiggle room.

    With industry veterans like Google CEO Eric Schmidt's ex-girlfriend Marcy Simon on staff, the company can exert pressure on the company in ways far more subtle than formal political lobbying.