Financial Times: Microsoft critic given $9.75 million in deal. The landmark antitrust settlement this month between Microsoft and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, one of its oldest adversaries, resulted in a $9.75m payment to the CCIA’s top official, according to confidential documents seen by the FT.
I hope this story is not true, but with a sinking feeling I suspect it is.
Posted by: James Salsman on November 25, 2004 07:49 AM
Hey, there are still a few bugs left in CE.
Posted by: Ran Talbott on November 26, 2004 08:24 AM
“and it had had no ‘visibility’ where the money would go.”
Well, maybe they can use some of that $10M to fix their security cameras around the office safe…
Posted by: James Salsman on November 28, 2004 12:08 AM
Can we get a court order that at least 2% of all Microsoft revenue has to be spent on a search for prior art?
Posted by: Dave Kearns on November 29, 2004 10:36 AM
Get a grip, Dan! The man was rewarded by the board of directors of his organization for bringing in almost $20 million in a “settlement” that wasn’t really necessary from Microsoft’s viewpoint. That’s, essentially, $20 million in found money.
If you or I did that for our organizations, we might also expect to be rewarded in some way.
Posted by: loid on November 29, 2004 02:02 PM
From Knight Ridder? There’d be a lot fewer zeroes…
Posted by: hey on November 25, 2004 06:52 AM
Dan, as Microsoft critic maybe you’re next.