Sunday, August 21, 2005

Sticks and Stones

(Via Steve) Bill Gates may be the Antichrist, but you have to give the Devil his due. Fortune's David Kirkpatrick points out that Microsoft handles the transparency brought by online media better than Google and Apple.

Google's stonewalling CNet for publishing Googled info on their CEO (Yes, you read that right -- Google's mad at someone for Googling something.). Apple harassed bloggers to reveal their sources of advanced info on Apple (Again, you read that right -- Apple's harassing Apple fans.).

In the meantime, Microsoft encourages its employees to blog -- and some of its over 600 bloggers criticize the company on occasion. Perhaps the flipside of Microsoft's legendary arrogance is the confidence to let people say what they want.

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