Could Microsoft be shafting Apple...?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 10, 2006
I was just browsing the net, when I came across a deal hosted by
AmstelLight, for a free copy of Anthony Bourdains book, The Nasty Bits.
He's a great author, so I thought, hey why not get a free copy..
Went to the site:

- Turns out the free book offer is open to ANYONE in the US...
EXCEPT california residents... how bizzarre I thought to myself..
looked at who was hosting the offer, low and behold.. Microsoft (MSN).

- Could it be that Mr. Bill up there in Washington,
thought he could stick it to Apple, and their state of support,
by not letting them play in any of their reindeer (freebookoffer) games?

And for some icing on the cake.. how about this artcle about MSN's
free googlearth ripoff.. doesn't even agknowledge Apples headquarters..

Coincidence...? I think not...
although I couldn't get their VirtualEarth to load... might be down... even more fishy.

- Props to anyone who lives outside of CA, enjoys the books of Anthony Bourdain,
and can sleep at night, knowing they only encouraged this sort of behavior.


Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
I don't have the time to look up the specifics right now, but California law places some restrictions on free offers. I've definitely not been able to take advantage of offers like this from other companies in the's not a Microsoft move.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 27, 2006
needlnerdz said:
Could Microsoft be shafting Apple...
Yes, no doubt they would if they could.

But, in this case not they aren't on purpose atleast.

WildCowboy said:
California law places some restrictions on free offers.
Yes they do especially when it comes to free stuff and alcohol. Something like you can't associate free giveaways with buying booze. Buy one get one free happy hours are probably illegal too.

California knows what is good for you better than you do...ok..I'll stop here, not the time or place.