mudshark writes: Microsoft has unveiled its new lobbying effort, Voices for Innovation, and is encouraging its partners to sign up and weigh in. The site's mission statement comes across as a call to arms for the tech sector, with the bullet points "Choice," "Innovation," and "Economic Development" under the subject heading "What's at Stake." It encourages visitors to sign up, sign an OOXML adoption petition, and take a quick poll. The rhetorical positioning of the issues is interesting, particularly this gem: "Mandating specific standards and licensing models and limiting how users control their digital privacy hurt the technology sector, consumers, and private and public sector technology users." I couldn't answer the first poll question, partly because they didn't list any of my principal tech news sources and partly because I don't know what a newspapser is.