"If you get on their wrong side, they have the ability and have demonstrated the will to absolutely stop a progressive and aggressive hard-hitting team trying to build these products by not giving you some of these things [technical information]. That is a serious problem in our industry . . . On the other hand, because Microsoft is an 800-pound gorilla you have to circle and sniff and be a good guy and get this stuff out of them." - Jim Barksdale, Netscape's chief executive, giving evidence at the Microsoft antitrust trial last week.

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