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Google sits Microsoft down with a sassy line after its latest Scroogled campaign

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Google sits Microsoft down with a sassy line after its latest Scroogled campaign
Take a seat, Microsoft, this one goes to Google. In case you're a tad confused, we're referring to the latest Scroogled campaign that Redmond started, which has the software giant selling... t-shirts and mugs.

Of course, these are not your ordinary mugs, they're actually a continuation of Microsoft's long-standing effort to discredit the search giant, by trying to assert that Google is selling off people's online activity and data. A banter needs two, and Google obviously isn't about to let this one slide. A spokesperson for the company commented that:

Microsoft's latest venture comes as no surprise: competition in the wearables space really is heating up.”

A witty joke or not, it does return us into the reality of the day – Microsoft and Google are battling it out on a number of fields, and of these is smartphones. There's actually some evidence that would, at the very least, suggest that Google, for example, is not exactly playing nice either, and intentionally tries to slow Windows Phone down in a number of ways. Though, whether that should surprise you at all, is an entirely different topic altogether.

source: LA Times

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posted on 22 Nov 2013, 03:40 7

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Larry :-Lets not reply useless campaigns & focus on making things that don't exist.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 03:43 27

2. boosook (Posts: 1072; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOOOL! Good one... those are the only wearables that Microsoft is able to make! :)

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:51 4

32. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


And no one wants to buy them still.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 03:46 9

3. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Hilarious comeback but I'm confused on the last part of the article.

"There's actually an absurd amount of evidence that would, at the very least, suggest that Google, for example, is not exactly playing nice either, and intentionally tries to slow Windows Phone down in a number of ways."

Other than not releasing official apps for Windows (which in my opinion shouldn't slow it down considering how many third party apps do the same thing), what evidence are you talking about?

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 06:53 4

15. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 657; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


This article is written by a WP fanboy.. That why the last para.. Or else the article would have ended on 1st line of last para itself

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:43 2

23. Chris.P (Posts: 299; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Good one

;-)

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 10:30

35. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I would have recieved a trolling warning if I posted this >„>

Michael is still butthurt I reported him to the ncsbi for plagiarism

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 21:16

46. tedkord (Posts: 5088; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Actually, I think he's still amused. We all had a good chuckle.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 11:32 2

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 1920; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


The biggest one was youtube. Mainly in API's to allow the dev team or another other team to make an actual youtube app vs linking to the m.youtube site.

Then when youtube went to html5, they found out that Windows Phones can actually watch the videos via full browser mode and bypass the rules dedicated of mobile and non-mobile playback. Meaning a song that was not available for mobile devices and would give an error on droids iphones etc when viewed in desktop mode or not. Would not appear on windows devices. Google has since tried to fix this as well, some play some dont its hit or miss when it picks it up. (testiment imo to the full browser in windows phone over droids, other than lack of flash)

Then MS said fine you dont want to release the API's for market price, meaning what other companies were gettting the youtube api's for, they made their own that totally circumvented youtubes ad policy. Displaying no ads, downloads in HD etc. Google since blocked this as well (as far as my knowledge still a court battle as of last year but it may have been dropped/resolved).

Also google blocking api's for 3rd party apps to mimic google apps that are available on other platforms etc.

fanboy? more like reality

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 11:43 5

37. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I would say the fanboy is the one who thinks Microsoft was in the right to break Google's terms of service surrounding YouTube. Given Microsoft's track record, I can't blame Google for not wanting to work with them on Windows Phone.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:10

39. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


MS is welcome to do what Apple did....they made their own map app. Make their own Youtube like site, create the app and have it available for WP.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 10:01 1

44. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Blocking an unofficial app that breaks the terms of service and blocks adds (which is the primary revenue maker of the site is not screwing over a company.

Besides, there are third party apps that work just as good as the official one in the Windows Market. There are alternatives so I don't get the big deal.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 04:06 1

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


:D Ouch.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 04:08 7

5. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It was indeed a brilliant comeback, and entirely deserved by Microsoft. Honestly, it comes as no surprise that the head of Scroogled was a campaign worker for a major politician. Not naming the politician because I don't want this to be a political discussion.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 09:56 2

34. downphoenix (Posts: 2373; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


thanks Obama!

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:45

38. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


That makes sense then.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 04:22 2

6. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


ahahahahah good one :D

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 04:42 4

7. shy2papa (Posts: 210; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Nice one Google, MS blue screen of death still exist LOL

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 04:47 2

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Some cream for that burn?

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 05:09 1

9. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Cheap tactics by MS, they had it coming to them.

MS still holds a special place for me because of Win 98 XP and 7. Google for its search engine and android. Hope they all grow out of this sitcom stuff.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 05:11 1

10. xtroid2k (Posts: 425; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I think microsoft should launch a video sdrvice that allows up to 45 min. provide an authoring process to vet copyright problems. and now your competing with youtube. MSFT has the resources and should fit in with the new business model. Path of least resistance.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 19:35

43. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly. I just mentioned this the other day. What did Apple do? They created their own maps app.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 21:18

47. tedkord (Posts: 5088; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


How'd that work out?

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 05:11

11. xtroid2k (Posts: 425; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I think microsoft should launch a video sdrvice that allows up to 45 min. provide an authoring process to vet copyright problems. and now your competing with youtube. MSFT has the resources and should fit in with the new business model. Path of least resistance.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 06:09 2

14. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


They'd be better off buying an already established competitor like metacafe or something along those lines. They would also have to beef up the incentives of popular video payouts to compete. A video service without established users will just push people back to Youtube after a few uses.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 05:28

12. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Google, don't be evil. :D

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 16:51 1

42. ZeroCide (Posts: 698; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Too Late!

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 05:59 1

13. blade19 (Posts: 60; Member since: 29 Apr 2011)


"Can't we all just get along...". ;D.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 06:59 3

16. livyatan (Posts: 719; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Unlike microSOFT, Google at least have some brains, class, sense of humor, self respect and style.
M$ has hit rock bottom with their last bash "campaign".
Unbelievably pathetic and desperate.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:04 1

17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1994; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


.....i don't get it -,-

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:48 4

24. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Here is how it is....

Google offers Glass, and Android devices made by multiple manufacturers.....

Google is stating now that Microsoft is offering Scroogled t-shirts and coffee mugs now they have something to compete with Google with in the wearables space.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:07 1

18. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


I use the browser I go to m.YouTube.com problem solved

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:08 4

19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1652; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That's clever act from google...

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:25 1

22. joaolx (Posts: 362; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Clever act? Like avoiding the real topic that they have the info of every google user? I don't have a problem with it, but every one complains about the NSA and when Google avoids the subject and makes these jokes it's a clever act and funny.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:54 2

25. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Yes and I am sure that Microsoft is completely innocent. They would never do anything like read emails or sell your browsing history to third parties in order to make money off of you or hand over your data to the NSA when they simply ask for it. No not a multi-billion dollar corperation like Microsoft!

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:16

29. kanagadeepan (Posts: 707; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Sir ji, you forget to put "/S" after your comment....

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:31 1

30. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Ah my apologies. Pardon my ignorance.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 14:22

41. joaolx (Posts: 362; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm not protecting Microsoft. Did I say anything in my comment about Microsoft being innocent? nope, so don't comment without arguments.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 13:18 1

45. willard12 (Posts: 861; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Exactly. You didn't say anything about MS being innocent or guilty. You chose to bash one company and ignore the other.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:55 5

26. buccob (Posts: 1539; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


When and If you read the terms of agreement and use of Google Services you can be aware of what information is use and what it's not... Also you can opt out of anything.

The truth is that everyone is keeping information and probably selling it too... To this day I haven't had any problems with it, nor have I been attacked by publicity or have personal info compromised... so I can still live with Google terms.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:18 1

20. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol... good to see these guys go at it like this.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:18 1

21. joaolx (Posts: 362; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I find it fun that Google is making these jokes about the Scroogled campaign instead of responding in a smart way, cause they're only changing the subject to not look so guilty. I have no problem with Google and the info they have on me, I tend to keep my private life off Google, Facebook and every other site, and so should everyone.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 07:58

27. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Please refer to comment #25 above.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:11 7

28. jayjay1973 (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


You all forget when blackberry was the clear number 3 contender they didn't get Google apps... and the had a bigger market share than WP. I don't remember BlackBerry users screaming conspiracy! Let's let our platform develope.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 08:51 2

31. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Zing!!

Its welcome to see someone at Google fighting back. And not in a mean and derogatory way too.

MS, take notes.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 09:15 2

33. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 124; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Witty.
That's how it's done M$.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 14:10 2

40. Scott93274 (Posts: 1288; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Microsoft's behavior suggests a company that is unwilling or unable to compete with Google. They called Google an illegal monopoly because their search engine Bing just isn't taking off like they hoped, clueless that it's because their search engine returns substandard results when compared to Google. Now the scroogle campaign because Google will not hand over youtube to WP. Microsoft, how does it feel to be the new Netscape?

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