This one was forwarded to me by Jeni Englander. The hidden beauty to this fake news release, of course, is that Bandai was the hit of the IE 4.0 Launch with their virtual Tamagotchi IE 4.0 Desktop component. Enjoy!
Microsoft Sues Bandai Over Tamagotchi
Redmond WA, (AP).
Microsoft (MSFT) has announced a $54 million dollar lawsuit against Tamagotchi maker, Bandai. Microsoft is claiming that the Tamagotchi (the Japanese electronic pet that's all the rage with the kids) is an infringement of its intellectual property.
Microsoft spokesperson, Erik Loregard stated "Software that needs constant, even hourly attention, or else it dies? Sounds like Windows to me. This is clearly an infringement on our technology".
The Bandai company spokesman refused to comment on the suit.
By the way, *everyone* needs a Tamagotchi virtual pet. These things are just too cute. Check it out at the Virtual Tamagotchi Web site and make sure you install the Active Desktop Component.