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Rivals attack Google's antitrust search settlement deal with EC

The European Commission's competition boss Joaquin Almunia - whose term of office comes to an end in November - insisted today that it was unnecessary to request a further market test from Google's rivals over its alleged abuse of dominance in search. It came after Brussels' vice president confirmed that his office was working …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Feb 2014
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Zombie Microsoft antitrust case shuffles to retrial

Novell's reanimated antitrust case against Microsoft's Word is reported to have hit "hopeless" deadlock, with Novell pushing for a fresh trial. A jury in Salt Lake City hearing the $1bn case can't make up its mind whether Microsoft broke the law, according to The Wall St Journal. According to the WSJ, after a brief examination …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2011
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FTC subpoenas Apple in Google antitrust case

Apple has reportedly been subpoenaed by the US Federal Trade Commission, which has asked Cupertino to explain how the Chocolate Factory's search engine is slotted into the iPhone and iPad. News wire Bloomberg, which cites two anonymous sources "familiar with the matter", said that the FTC had requested the relevant documents …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2012
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Bill Gates summoned in antitrust case that WILL NOT DIE

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates will be quizzed in court today in the antitrust suit that will not die - the one first brought by Novell against the firm in 2004. Novell accuses MS of unfairly restricting competition for Novell's WordPerfect and Quattro Pro programs, a word processor and a spreadsheet app that it owned for a short …
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FTC nearing decision in Google antitrust probe

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is nearing a decision in its 16-month-long investigation into Google's search and advertising businesses, and sources say things are not looking good for the Mountain View–based company. According to Reuters, three separate sources have confirmed that four of the five FTC commissioners are " …
Neil McAllister, 12 Oct 2012
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Google will 'pre-select' an 'independent' competition inspector in EU search case

Competition chiefs in Brussels have begun sending out rejection letters to complainants in the long-running Google search antitrust case, revealing - among other things - that the ad giant will be picking candidates for the role of "monitoring trustee". The person or persons appointed to the role will be expected to …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jun 2014

EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

Formal charges will be meted out to Google if its latest offer to tweak its search engine in Europe fails to satisfy regulators, Brussels stressed today. The American web giant is accused of abusing its dominance position in search – for example, allegedly unfairly burying its rivals way down in its web search results. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2014

Chinese mobe-makers in pincer movement to corner Qualcomm

China’s mobile phone industry has turned up the heat on Qualcomm after submitting a damning report to government regulators in an on-going antitrust investigation into the US chip giant. China’s Communications Industry Association, consulted 20 out of its 30 key member companies before submitting its findings to the National …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Feb 2014

Google rival BLASTS Almunia 'n' pals for settlement proposals

The lead complainant against Google in the ongoing European antitrust case has accused the Competition Commission led by Joaquin Almunia of "misleading" other Commissioners and the European Parliament about the search giant’s proposals to resolve the matter. In an open letter (PDF) to the Commissioner on Wednesday, search and …
Jennifer Baker, 23 Jul 2014

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

New EU digi tsar survives Twitter grillling

Europe’s new digi Super-Commissioner Andrus Ansip threw himself into the lions’ den today with a public Twitter chat. Challenged at his Parliamentary hearing by MEP Julia Reda to talk to the public, Ansip put his money where his mouth is and attempted to wade through hundreds of questions on Twitter. Chief among questioners’ …
Jennifer Baker, 15 Oct 2014

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
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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
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US edges towards mobile antitrust case

Calls for an investigation into monopolistic practices by US mobile operators have been answered with a review by the Justice Department that could quickly turn into an investigation. On Monday the chair of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, Herb Kohl, wrote to the FCC and the Justice Department, regarding operators abusing …
Bill Ray, 07 Jul 2009

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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Google faces antitrust investigation in Texas

Google is facing an antitrust investigation in Texas over claims the company unfairly manipulated results on its search engine. The news was first reported on Friday by Search Engine Land, which said it received a tip that the investigation was underway. Search Engine Land said that Google confirmed the investigation, and five …
Cade Metz, 03 Sep 2010

The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

Google's exec chairman Eric Schmidt has hit back at publishers for complaining about the multinational's alleged dominance in the search market in Europe in a series of splashy newspaper ads today. He said in a blog post this morning that the "serious nature" of the claims - that Google favours its own search products, such as …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2014
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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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EC competition chief points troll-hunting guns at Nokia

The EU is erecting the “troll-free zone” signs around the tech sector, with European Commission competition chief Joaquín Almunia saying the EC will guard against US-style patent trolling. Speaking to the IP Summit 2013 in Paris, Almunia said the EC approved Microsoft's $US7.2 billion acquisition partly because it did not …
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FTC chief fends off critics over THAT Google decision

The propriety of the US Federal Trade Commission's decision not to take action against Google over allegations of search bias has repeatedly been questioned, after FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz recently confirmed that the multi-billion dollar corporation would not face anti-trust charges. He has now defended that finding by …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2013
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Judge Legal set aside in MS antitrust case

Microsoft's EU antitrust case has been moved to The Grand Chamber, according to reports, where the company's appeal will be heard by a new panel of 13 judges. The case was taken away from Judge Hubert Legal, and he is to have no further involvement in the proceedings. Legal originally oversaw the panel of five judges that had …
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jul 2005
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US Intel case delayed again

The Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010. The case is being heard in the District Court in Delaware and will now start in February 2010 rather than April 2009. The original case was brought in 2005 and accused Intel of offering discounts to computer makers who pledged not to use AMD chips …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008

New US Apple factory will make INVINCIBLE sapphire glass for SHINY iThings

Apple is planning to open a new factory in Arizona in partnership with mineral crystal firm GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire components for its devices. The fruity firm would seem to be trying for some PR benefit as well as some super-tough scratchproof glass to use in gadgets or iWatches of the future. Apple probably …
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Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

England football managers, who have dynamite news to expose, sometimes wait until late on a Friday afternoon to release juicy details to the press before speeding away from any supposed scandal in their 4x4s. Google attempted a similar PR stunt late last week when it surprised complainants in the European Commission's lengthy …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Feb 2014
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Intergraph loses Intel antitrust case

The writing on the wall for Intergraph in its solo fight against alleged Intel antitrust activities came yesterday with the failure of its attempt to take the chip giant to the cleaners. Intergraph's case, which was that Intel had breached the Sherman Antitrust Act, by cutting off access to future technology, has been thrown out …
Mike Magee, 14 Mar 2000

STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

The "smoking gun" Steve Jobs email that US prosecutors hope will nail Apple at its ebook price-fixing trial was NOT sent by the doomed biz baron, lawyers claim. The fruity firm has been defending itself against allegations that it conspired to artificially hike the prices of digital tomes sold through its iTunes store. The US …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2013
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November hearing mooted for MS-EU antitrust case

The next stage in long-running saga of Microsoft, antitrust and the European Commission is likely to be an oral hearing behind closed doors in November, where the company will defend itself. The Commission has already communicated its misgivings to Microsoft, gone away to think about it for a long time then come back, this …
John Lettice, 30 Sep 2003
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Antitrust incoming? A view of Google from 30,000 ft

Attorney Chris Castle has worked for the original Napster ("one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century"), Snocap and in digital licensing for Sony and A&M, and his "View of the Music Wars from 30,000 ft" was one of the most popular features of last year. In the first installment of our annual catch-up, he wonders whether …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2009
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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
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Gates: Novell are sore losers, Word trounced WordPerfect

Hard work and the competition's ineptitude saw Microsoft Word thump WordPerfect, Bill Gates told a US court hearing the $1bn anti-competition case brought by Novell. Gates told a court in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday that his Redmond minions "worked super-hard" on Word. He added: "It was a ground-breaking piece of work, and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2011
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Barnes & Noble files official complaint over ebook settlements

Barnes & Noble has lodged a complaint over the ebook settlement proposed by the Department of Justice, claiming that it will be bad news for booksellers and the American public. The bookseller, which has been competing in the market with its Nook ereader, said that the DoJ's antitrust case against Apple and five publishing …
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MS settles Bristol antitrust case out of court

Microsoft seems to have successfully "disappeared" the Bristol antitrust suit. A tersely uninformative joint release issued today says that the two companies have reached agreement to settle their ongoing legal dispute. And that, folks, is that. Bristol is pleased, but does not quantify its pleasure in financial terms. …
John Lettice, 21 Feb 2001
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Barnes & Noble hires Microsoft’s legal nemesis

Barnes & Noble has hired David Boies to join its legal team in a fight with Microsoft at the US International Trade Commission over alleged Android patent infringements. Boies, chairman of the Boies, Schiller & Flexner law firm, represented the US Department of Justice back at the turn of the millennium in its successful …
Iain Thomson, 01 Dec 2011
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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

Microsoft's Internet Explorer clawed back some of its share of the desktop web-browser market in October, as it stood accused of costing rival Firefox valuable downloads by Windows users. Meanwhile, both Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome have slipped in the browser rankings. Firefox-maker Mozilla blamed its dip on the …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Nov 2012
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Caldera wins another round in MS antitrust case

Microsoft has lost another round in the Caldera private antitrust case. Caldera inherited the right to fight the case along with DR-DOS, which was formerly owned by Novell. Judge Dee Benson earlier this week denied four motions by Microsoft for partial summary judgement. He denied three earlier motions in June, and ruled …
Graham Lea, 05 Nov 1999
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Engineer who sued Cisco arrested for hacking it

A former Cisco engineer was arrested for allegedly hacking into the company's network 18 months after he waged a civil lawsuit accusing Cisco of monopolizing the business of servicing and maintaining its networking gear, according to a report citing a Canadian arrest warrant issue in the case. According to IDG News, Peter …
Dan Goodin, 20 Apr 2011
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Is another MS antitrust case brewing in Japan?

A strange article in the Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal today tries to make the case that "criticisms of Microsoft are no more warranted in Japan than in the US". The opinion piece is by Shigeki Kusunoki, currently at the School of Law at Kyoto University, but also an associate of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in …
Graham Lea, 14 Feb 2000
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Monti: Europe pressing on with antitrust case against MS

European competition commissioner Mario Monti has signalled that Microsoft's response so far to EU antitrust investigations has failed to head off action against the company. Instead, he's considering merging the two main current enquiries into one. His remarks, made at a press conference yesterday, were the latest in an …
John Lettice, 31 Mar 2001
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'You're still guilty,' judge in Sun et al antitrust case tells MS

US District Judge J Frederick Motz has rejected a Microsoft attempt to – effectively – have a string of prior convictions expunged from its record. Yesterday the Maryland judge denied a request by Microsoft attorneys to re-open 395 of Judge Penfield Jackson's 412 findings of fact, so for the moment at least Jackson's conclusions …
John Lettice, 05 Nov 2002
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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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EU data bosses order Google to sort out privacy

EU data regulators have told Google that it has to make changes to its new privacy policy due to "incomplete information and uncontrolled combination of data across services". The regulators, led by France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique (CNIL), have spent several months investigating the policy, which basically allows …
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Google wriggles out of FTC search smackdown. Now to Europe!

The dust has yet to settle on yesterday's ruling in which the US Federal Trade Commission cleared Google of biasing its search results to nobble its competitors. But rival Microsoft is already accusing the ad giant of failing to be a "responsible" leader and is claiming victory in the lengthy antitrust case. Google may have …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jan 2013
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Microsoft epiphany in antitrust case

Oral arguments in the Microsoft antitrust appeal, scheduled for 26 and 27 February, will differ radically from the briefs which the company has already filed with the court. MS intends to shift its appeal from the current strategy of whingeing mournfully and publicly about Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's lack of admiration for …
Thomas C Greene, 02 Feb 2001
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MS wins more time in Euro antitrust case

Microsoft has been given a few more days to respond to the European Commission requirement that it provide data relating to the complaint made public last month. This was lodged by end users, SMEs and competitors (including Sun), and concerns alleged leveraging of Windows 2000 in the server market. The Complaint is under …
Graham Lea, 16 Mar 2000
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UK court quashes VIA case against Intel

Some action at last in the long-festering dispute between Intel and VIA over rights to make chipsets for the Pentium 4. And in the UK, of all places. But it's not good news for the Taiwanese 'core logic' designer, which saw its antitrust case against Intel thrown out by the Chancery Division of the High Court in London. VIA had …
Drew Cullen, 19 Jun 2002
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Hitachi's antitrust case against Rambus

The Register has now seen a copy of Hitachi's deposition to a US court, countering a Rambus case and at the same time detailing its arguments that the firm is engaging in alleged antitrust activities. The civil action was placed before Judge Gregory Sleet and numbered 00-029 in a Delaware District Court at the end of last week. …
Mike Magee, 29 Mar 2000
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Microsoftie's tell-all on 'rival-flinging' Ballmer: The politics of disbelief

A former Microsoft executive has sketched an unflattering portrait of Steve Ballmer that depicts him as a cut-throat Machiavellian schemer, and claimed in his new book that the top man at Redmond has forced out rivals who challenged his authority. Joachim Kempin, a former head of Microsoft's OEM business, claims chief executive …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2013
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MS opts out of European antitrust hearing

The European Commission antitrust case against Microsoft may be heading for a quiet settlement. The next stage in the case was to have been a hearing in late December, but Microsoft has decided it doesn't want one. Is it possible that The Beast has learned from the US case that the more it says, the worse it looks? But more …
John Lettice, 28 Nov 2001
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Antitrust: MS is at it again with WinXP, say attorneys

Two of the state attorneys general who've been involved in the Microsoft antitrust action have damned the company's conduct since the prosecution rested. They specifically focus on what the company's up to with XP but stress that they're not planning a second antitrust suit. In which case one wonders what the point of the …
John Lettice, 21 Jun 2001
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Antitrust suit from Beyond the Grave hits MS for $1m

Judge Janet Hall's ruling that Microsoft used deceptive business practices, that these were approved at the highest levels within the company, and that Microsoft executives had been less than truthful in their testimony, puts last year's verdict in the Bristol antitrust trial in a certain context. The trial was a 'victory' for …
John Lettice, 01 Sep 2000