Saturday, September 03, 2005
Enter the dragon
Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer vowed to "kill" internet search leader Google Inc. in an obscenity-laced tirade, and Google chased a prized Microsoft executive Kai Fu-Lee according to documents filed in an increasingly bitter legal battle between the rivals.

Microsoft is suing to prevent Lee from leading Google's China expansion, maintaining those duties would violate the terms of a noncompete agreement that he signed as part of his employment contract.

Ballmer's threat last November was recounted in a sworn declaration by a former Microsoft engineer, Mark Lucovsky, who said he met with Microsoft's chief executive 10 months ago to discuss his decision to leave the company after six years.

The declaration quotes Ballmer saying -

"I'm going to f---ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again, "I'm going to f---ing kill Google."

Google has described Microsoft's lawsuit as a form of intimidation designed to prevent a fast-growing rival that has emerged as a formidable threat to the software maker.

Mark Lucovsky's declaration is just one piece of evidence that Google has filed in an attempt to prove that Microsoft is on a vengeance.

More on this here, here and some more here.

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