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Microsoft and the US Department of Justice (DoJ) are reportedly in agreement that the case against Bill Gates' company should be delayed for two weeks. Trial judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is currently considering their request. The DoJ's antitrust action against Microsoft is currently scheduled to start on 8 September, but Judge Jackson himself has expressed doubts that this can now be achieved, because of the struggle over whether or not depositions should be taken in public. Various news organisations have successfully demanded to be able to report the depositions of Bill Gates and other Microsoft executives, but Microsoft has appealed against this ruling. The appeal itself is likely to delay the trial, while the complexities associated with making arrangements for news coverage have already delayed the start of deposition-taking.

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