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A coalition, led by US resellers, has thrown its weight behind Microsoft in its battle with the Department of Justice. Calling itself the Technology Access Action Coalition (TAAC), the group, led by Vanstar president Jay Amato, said that actions against Microsoft and Intel were symptomatic of "a growing trend toward government over-regulation of technology." The coalition, which also includes MicroAge and CompUSA, was formed after a meeting of 30 resellers that were concerned about "the increasingly large regulatory shadow being cast across the industry by government." The original reseller meeting was sponsored by Microsoft, which has joined the group as a member. Speaking at the launch of the group, Amato said that it was taking a stand against "meddling bureaucrats" that threatened innovation in the PC industry. He refuted claims that TAAC was a front organisation for Microsoft, and said that Microsoft had not contributed any funding to the group. ®

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