2nd April 2000 Archive
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MS on Trial Judge pushes button, other judge fingers trigger
The Microsoft antitrust case mediation talks collapsed unexpectedly last night, with official mediator Judge Richard Posner saying in a statement that his efforts have proved fruitless, and that the differences between the two camps "were too deep-seated to be bridged." So unless the judge is playing DEFCON poker, it's back over …
Business 2 Apr 2000, 09:16
MS on Trial And it seems a consent decree was in the works
Judge Richard Posner has lashed out against the "good deal of leaking and spinning" that has plagued his mediation talks in the Microsoft case since November. Judge Posner ended his search for a negotiated settlement yesterday via a prepared statement, and the content of this is intriguing, in a Delphic sort of way. He makes it …
Business 2 Apr 2000, 13:42
UK Online incredibly upset, outraged, appalled
How many synonyms for annoyed can you squeeze into an eight-paragraph press release? UK Online, a consumer subsidiary of Easynet, the AIM-listed ISP, manages seven. Run these together and you find the company is "deeply dissatisfied, angry, appalled, incredibly upset, outraged, concerned and disappointed" with the Government's …
Business 2 Apr 2000, 23:29
First sale or false dawn?
AMD is negotiating to sell 100,000 Spitfire chips to Dell, the last Intel-only assembler in town, Forbes says. These are to be used for cheapo desktops, according to an unnamed source, cited by the magazine. Certainly there are too many of the blighters to explain away as engineering samples. And who knows, the deal could even …
Business 2 Apr 2000, 23:50