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EC antitrust cops raid offices of Philips, Samsung, others

EU antitrust regulators have raided the European offices of Philips, Samsung, retail group Media-Saturn, and several other consumer electronics companies, but so far they're not saying what they were looking for. "The European Commission can confirm that on 3 December 2013, Commission officials initiated unannounced inspections …
Neil McAllister, 06 Dec 2013
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …
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France sets antitrust watchdog loose on Apple, raids premises

Anti-trust investigators have raided Apple's local operations in France amid claims it the fruity firm has hobbled resellers in a bid to boost the performance of its own stores. French newspaper Les Echos reported that officials from the French competition watchdog searched Apple's premises last week, confiscating documents and …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Jul 2013
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EC resolves antitrust probe into IBM mainframe biz

IBM rivals now have a better chance of competing with the tech giant in the mainframe market, after the European Commission got Big Blue to loosen its grip on the business. In a legally binding agreement, IBM will make spare parts and technical information "swiftly available". It will do this, the EC added, under commercially …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2011
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Intel pays peanuts to settle NY antitrust suit

Intel has agreed to fork over a mere $6.5m to settle an antitrust lawsuit by New York's attorney general. Although $6.5m is no mean sum to the average joe, it's a pittance to Intel, whose net income last year was a cool $12.94bn. The case, first brought by Andrew Cuomo back in 2009, alleged that Intel had threatened PC makers …
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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

Remember when Intel gave rebates to PC makers who bought its chips? The world’s largest computer chip maker has now lost its attempt to overturn the ancient €1bn fine from the European Union over its anticompetitive war with rival AMD. The record €1.06bn fine was handed down by the European Commission’s antitrust division …

Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support

Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business. The claims are made in a counter-lawsuit lodged by Solaris fix-it company Terix, which had previously been dragged into court by Oracle for allegedly stealing the database giant's copyrighted code. The Terix suit …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014
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Mainframers drop EU antitrust complaints against IBM

IBM's iron grip on its big iron business just got a little tighter. Three small companies that have been trying for years to carve out little niches in the System z mainframe market have all withdrawn their complaints with the European Union's antitrust authorities. The most interesting of the dropped complaints against Big Blue …
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EU agrees to make documents available to support anti-cartel suits

Companies and individuals affected by cartel activity in Europe will gain access to vital documents to help sue for damages under new proposals which the European Commission says will ensure they "can obtain the evidence necessary to prove their claims". MEPs and European Council representatives agreed the terms on the proposed …
OUT-LAW.COM, 24 Mar 2014

Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

Apple is once again facing a lawsuit, this time from its own shareholders over its no-poaching-of-staff pacts with rivals. A lawsuit [PDF] filed in California's San Jose District Court earlier this week claims the Cupertino giant misled investors and damaged the value of the company by striking a fishy hiring agreement with …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Aug 2014
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IBM faces mainframe biz European antitrust probe

IBM faces yet another antitrust headache today, after French mainframe open source outfit TurboHercules filed a complaint with European competition watchdogs. TurboHercules has accused Big Blue of denying customers the right to run IBM's mainframe operating system on anything other than IBM iron. The Paris-based company filed …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Mar 2010

Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

A series of secret pacts among some of the biggest employers in Silicon Valley to cheat their staffers could turn out to be a rather expensive mistake, with Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe now agreeing to settle the antitrust class-action lawsuit out of court. "This is an excellent resolution of the case that will benefit class …
Iain Thomson, 25 Apr 2014

Intel prods PC market's corpse, corpse shouts 'I'M NOT DEAD!'

Chipmaker Intel has raised its revenue expectations after discovering that the PC market is less moribund than it imagined. Chipzilla said on Thursday that "as a result of stronger than expected demand for business PCs," it was raising its second-quarter growth revenue estimate from $13bn to $13.7bn. "Intel now expects some …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014
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Rambus tumbles in antitrust reversal

Rambus, the litigious memory tech firm, has taken a beating in the stock markets after losing a key case against Micron over price fixing and conspiracy charges. Rambus had accused Micron and Hynix Semiconductor of fixing the memory market to keep Rambus technology priced out, and it was demanding nearly $4bn in direct damages, …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2011
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Intel brass sued over antitrust wrangle

Intel CEO Paul Otellni and a host of other top Intel brass past and present have been fingered by a shareholder lawsuit, accused of ignoring and pandering to antitrust misconduct that resulted in record fines for the company. The lawsuit was filed last Friday in US District Court in Delaware by shareholder Charles Gilman. The …
Austin Modine, 17 Nov 2009
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European Commission gives Microsoft/Nokia merger the green light

The European Commission has approved the merger between Microsoft and Nokia, clearing the way for Redmond to take over the Finnish firm's smartphone business. The Commission published its findings in a press release on Wednesday, saying that it did not believe Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia raised any concerns under EU …
Neil McAllister, 04 Dec 2013
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Microsoft gets second extension in IE EU antitrust brouhaha

EU antitrust regulators have granted Microsoft yet another extension to respond to charges that the software giant abused its dominant market position by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows. A European Commission spokeswoman confirmed to The Register this morning that Microsoft has been given a one-week extension. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Apr 2009
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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

The decade-long legal fight over the reasons WordPerfect failed has ended in victory for Microsoft after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Novell's appeal and shut the door on a potential billion-dollar settlement for the company. "We're happy this case is now over for good and think it shows we'll persistently defend …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2014

Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

When it comes to soundbites, Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison is a pro. Reporters show up not just to hear what he says, but how he says it. Bill Gates, Microsoft, SAP, IBM, cloud, yachting, his own phenomenal success – all have been subject to Ellison's barbs and meditations. Scheduled or off-the-cuff, his words turned a …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Sep 2014
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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

The European Commission is set to accuse Apple of profiting from unlawful state aid from Ireland thanks to the sweet tax deals the firm has enjoyed for the last 20 years, a newspaper has reported. Sources whispered to The Financial Times reported (behind its paywall) that the EC’s antitrust authority will this week reveal some …

Oracle scores mixed bag in Rimini Street software IP 'theft' ruling

Oracle has been handed a partial victory in its IP violation case against software support provider Rimini Street. A US court hearing Oracle's case has issued a summary judgment saying that in two of the four incidents cited by Oracle, Rimini was in the wrong. Oracle claimed to have identified illegal copies of its software …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2014
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Antitrust-shy IBM closed to fresh Sun talks

So much for playing hardball: IBM is apparently not interested in resuming talks to purchase Sun Microsystems, following their recent break down. IBM is believed to be concerned about the level of scrutiny a potential acquisition of its smaller hardware and software rival might would draw from regulators. CNBC has reported that …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2009

EC probes 13 resellers over global optical disc drive CARTEL

Thirteen optical disc drive resellers are being investigated by the EU on its suspicions that the firms may have broken antitrust laws and artificially suppressed the price they paid for the drives. The resellers are suspected of acting as a worldwide cartel for at least five years, the European Commission said, laying out its …
Anna Leach, 24 Jul 2012
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Intel details objections to antitrust probe

Intel says it is unable to respond to the European Commission investigation into its business practices unless the regulator gives it access to certain documents from AMD. Intel is seeking to extend the deadline it has to respond to a month after it gets its hands on documents from AMD - the complainant in the case. Back in July …
John Oates, 26 Nov 2008
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Intel takes legal swing at Korean antitrust decision

Intel is taking South Korea’s fair trade watchdog to court after it decided to fine Chipzilla for undercutting its semiconductor rivals. The company filed a formal complaint at the Seoul High Court yesterday in an effort to overturn the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s decision. The watchdog ordered Intel to cough up $18.6m for …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Dec 2008
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Samsung, Toshiba join SanDisk in US antitrust probe

The US Justice Department is busy handing out more RSVPs to NAND flash memory makers, cordially inviting them to a new market-wide price fixing investigation. On Friday, SanDisk revealed the company and its CEO, Eli Harari, received a grand jury subpoena from federal district court in regard to possible antitrust violations. …
Austin Modine, 18 Sep 2007
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New York launches antitrust probe against Intel

New York state is joining the growing line to probe Intel's paperwork over charges of anticompetitive behavior against chip rival AMD. The office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today said both Intel and AMD have been served subpoenas seeking documents and information regarding Intel's pricing strategy. Cuomo will …
Austin Modine, 10 Jan 2008
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Intel and AMD tussle over antitrust case evidence

Intel and AMD crossed sabers in US District court on Wednesday with dueling motions seeking sanctions against one another. Both their calls for courtly relief relate to the other's supposedly abominable email-saving strategies for the antitrust case filed by AMD four years ago. Intel to AMD: I know you are, but what am I? …
Austin Modine, 15 Oct 2009
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EU still greasing IBM antitrust probe despite PSI withdrawal

IBM may have corked the wails of antitrust outrage coming from the diminutive mainframe vendor Platform Solutions (PSI) by purchasing the upstart, but the European regulator genie has already slipped out the bottle. The rival firm's legal fight in both the US and Europe over Big Blue's mainframe monopoly came to an abrupt close …
Austin Modine, 03 Jul 2008
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Google backs EU's Microsoft antitrust battle

Google has backed European regulators in their effort to prevent Microsoft from bundling the Internet Explorer browser with its ubiquitous Windows operating system. On Tuesday afternoon, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory told the world it has applied to become a third party in the European Commission's antitrust proceeding …
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2009

Microsoft scoffs at antitrust extension seekers

Microsoft is pshawing claims that it needs another five years of legal babysitting. A legal coalition including 10 US states and the District of Columbia is asking Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to extend US government oversight of Microsoft imposed under a 2001 antitrust judgment against the software giant. In a court memorandum …
Austin Modine, 03 Jan 2008
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SanDisk subpoenaed in US antitrust probe

SanDisk and its CEO Eli Harari have received grand jury subpoenas from the US Department of Justice for possible anti-trust violations in the NAND flash memory market. The looming probe was disclosed today in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SanDisk also revealed the Canadian Competition Bureau has begun an …
Austin Modine, 14 Sep 2007
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US antitrust group urges Intel investigation

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI), a Washington DC lobby group, has written an open letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging an investigation of Intel's allegedly monopolistic business practices. The letter, directed to FTC chairwoman Deborah Majores, notes similar investigations by the European Commission and in …
Austin Modine, 30 Aug 2007
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Korea mounts Intel antitrust probe

South Korean antitrust investigators are probing Intel's dealings with local PC makers, it has emerged. In June, Korea's Fair Trade Commission asked Intel to supply information regarding "marketing and rebate programmes" put in place by the chip giant's Korean subsidiary, Intel's latest filing with the US Securities and …
Tony Smith, 09 Aug 2005
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Etilize catalogs antitrust suit against CNET

CNET today turned from newsgather to newsmaker when it got a lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive behavior. The complainant, a fellow Californian company, called Etilize Inc, produces online catalogs for resellers to incorporate into their websites – as does CNET through its CNET Channel subsidiary. This enables computer …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007
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Intel ordered to dish documents on deleted antitrust lawsuit e-mails

AMD vs Intel Intel has been ordered to hand over secret employee interviews from an internal investigation looking into documents and e-mails that went missing during its antitrust trial with AMD. The chip giant tried to shield itself from full disclosure of the interviews by claiming they were protected by attorney-client privileges. Intel …
Austin Modine, 15 May 2008

Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has nothing but praise for the US National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs, but he's far less kind when it comes to Google – and in particular its CEO, Larry Page, whose behavior he describes as "evil." "I know his slogan is 'don't be evil,'" Ellison told correspondent Charlie Rose in an …
Neil McAllister, 13 Aug 2013
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Brussels objects to WD's Hitachi GST purchase

The European Union is objecting to Western Digital's proposed purchase of Hitachi GST on antitrust grounds. The European Commission has issued a formal Statement of Objections. A Western Digital SEC filing said: The Statement of Objections sets out the European Commission's preliminary assessment regarding the combination of …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2011
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Addicted to antitrust, Microsoft outlines 12-Step Recovery

Antitrust addict Microsoft has outlined a 12-Step Recovery Program, which it says will help prevent it from lapsing back into anti-competitive practices in the future. The declaration follows three major "interventions" in fifteen years. A 1991 investigation by the Federal Trade Commission resulted in a Consent Decree signed in …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jul 2006
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Hynix ring-fences $342m against antitrust fines

Hynix has put by KRW347bn ($341m) in case the US government finds it guilty of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour, it has emerged. The fine fund's existence was spotted in a footnote to the memory chip maker's FY2004 results report, a story in Korean paper Joong Ang Daily reveals. The move follows the launch in 2002 of an …
Tony Smith, 29 Mar 2005
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Intel Japan antitrust verdict response deadline delayed

Japanese anti-trust officials have extended Intel's deadline for appealing against charges that it abused its market leadership position to hinder arch-rival AMD. Intel Japan now has until 1 April to respond to the ruling. It was to have done so today, but was given more time to give the judgement a thorough reading, a company …
Tony Smith, 18 Mar 2005

EU antitrust welcome for Vista

Microsoft will launch Vista on Tuesday to a fresh wave of antitrust concern. The Brussels-based pro-interoperability group ECIS issued a statement today which condemned the new release of Windows for embodying bad practices. "Vista is the first step in Microsoft‘s strategy to extend its market dominance to the Internet," said …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jan 2007
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Europe tickles Microsoft with €561m fine for browser choice gaffe

Updated Microsoft has been fined €561m ($731m, £484m) by the European Commission for breaking an agreement to offer Windows users alternative web browsers to Internet Explorer. A fresh investigation was launched against Microsoft by Brussels' competition officials in mid-2012 following complaints that the company was still using its …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Mar 2013
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Samsung founds $100m antitrust fines fund

Samsung has put $100m to one side just in case the US Department of Justice fines it for allegedly conspiring to fix memory prices. The South Korean giant revealed the existence of the antitrust war chest today, 30 months or so after the DoJ began investigating claims that major memory makers, including Samsung, Infineon, …
Tony Smith, 30 Dec 2004
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MS antitrust: IBM, Nokia, Oracle enter the fray

A consortium including IBM, Nokia and Oracle has stepped up support for the EU, requesting to intervene on its behalf at the European Court of First Appeals. The grouping, the European Committee for Interoperable Systems or ECIS, says that it reflects the genuine industry consensus, which is behind tougher sanctions in the EU's …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2005
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Hitachi, LG admit fixing disc drive prices

A Hitachi and LG optical disk-making joint venture has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of violating antitrust law and one count of wire fraud in the US. The company is the first to be charged in the probe of price-fixing in the sale of CD, DVD and Blu-ray drives. The Department of Justice investigation also issued a subpoena to Sony …
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FTC claims Rambus spoiled antitrust evidence

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused Rambus of destroying vital documents pertaining to its antitrust case against the memory technology developer. The allegation accompanied a request made by FTC investigators to re-open the record on the case in order that new evidence might be submitted. The request follows the …
Tony Smith, 24 May 2005

Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

An ex-Microsoft chap has accused potty-mouthed CEO Steve Ballmer of throwing any possible pretenders to his chieftainship out of the company. At least it's no longer chairs being tossed around. Joachim Kempin, who left the Windows giant under a cloud in 2002, has written a tell-all book about his time at Redmond that is less …
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Oracle's Africa dealings under FBI, SEC, DoJ investigation

Oracle is reported to be under investigation by the US authorities for breaking federal anti-bribery laws in Africa. The FBI field office in Washington, fraud prosecutors in the Justice Department's criminal division, and attorneys for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are reported to be looking into sales of Oracle …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2011
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Novell's Microsoft antitrust action OK'd

Novell is being allowed to sue Microsoft for allegedly withholding technical information on the inner workings of Windows to harm Novell's erstwhile desktop productivity software. However, Novell cannot claim that Microsoft Office is a monopoly, even though the productivity suite dominates the vast majority of the world's home …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jun 2005

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