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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

Apple's tax arrangements in The Republic of Ireland are about to become the subject of an official European Commission investigation, according to a report by Irish public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE). The report suggests competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia will take to the stage on or after June 11th …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014

International Trade Commission heeds Moto, targets Apple

The IT industry’s ongoing battle to outlaw itself with intricately cross-linked patent-driven bans on device sales continues, with Google-owned Motorola Mobility winning an International Trade Commission investigation into Apple over yet more infringement. Back in August, the Chocolate Moto asked the ITC for the probe. At the …
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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

The European Commission has asked mobile telecoms firms and manufacturers of devices to provide details of any agreements they have with Google regarding the use of the technology giant's Android operating system. A number of Google's rivals have recently complained about agreements between Google and mobile device manufacturers …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Jun 2013

Melbourne IT looks to offload business units

Battling disappointing trading results, Australian domain name custodian Melbourne IT is seeking buyers for some of its ailing business units. The hosting house has also weathered a tough year on the security front, enduring a Privacy Commission investigation, following a hacking attack from Anonymous in August that targeted …
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Monster boss quits cos SEC investigation too tiring

Monster Worldwide chairman and chief executive Andrew J McKelvey is quitting the company blaming the long hours required by a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into alleged backdating of share options. He will be replaced by William M Pastore as CEO. McKelvey, 71, will stay on the board of the company, which is …
John Oates, 10 Oct 2006
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Sky faces competition probe over film rights

The Competition Commission will investigate whether Sky is using a stranglehold on film rights to harm its competitors in the pay-TV market. The communications regulator Ofcom today formally asked for the probe, expressing concerns that because of the way film rights are sold, Sky has "the incentive and ability to distort …
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Online car rental service hit by monopoly probe

The Office of Fair Trading has asked the Competition Commission to investigate whether Zipcar's takeover of Streetcar is likely to mean higher prices or reduced services for users in the UK. Zipcar bought Streetcar in April, mainly for its strong UK presence. They're both car rental clubs and are in the process of moving to …
John Oates, 11 Aug 2010
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OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers

OnStar has backed down from a proposed change in its terms and conditions that would have seen the vehicle info system collecting car monitoring data on former customers. The OnStar system, operated as part of General Motors, embeds a mobile phone and GPS in customer’s cars and relays a constant stream of data back to the …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011
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Samsung v iPhone 4S French entrenchment: 'TOTAL WAR'

Apple's lawyers have accused Samsung of waging all-out patent war in the latest battleground for the world-spanning dispute between the two firms. The tech giants are now in Paris to argue over Samsung's attempt to get a preliminary injunction against the iPhone 4S in France, based on alleged infringement of its 3G patents. " …
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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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Oracle-Sun merger faces full monopoly probe

The proposed $7.4bn dollar merger takeover of Sun by Oracle is facing a full competition investigation by the European Commission. Competition Commissioner 'Steelie' Neelie Kroes said: The Commission has to examine very carefully the effects on competition in Europe when the world's leading proprietary database company proposes …
John Oates, 03 Sep 2009
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Airline websites forced to clean up

A European Commission investigation into airline websites has resulted in 115 out of 137 sites making changes so they are less confusing for punters. Tricks like adding extra costs on at the last stages of a transaction, not revealing availability of the best fares and not showing fair contract terms have all been stopped. …
John Oates, 14 May 2009
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EU dumps more anti-trust charges on Intel

Chipmaker Intel is facing more EU competition charges relating to allegations that it abused its dominant position to keep computers with AMD chips out of European shops. Intel has been under European Commission investigation since 2001. Along with Dixons Store Group it had its offices raided by investigators in 2005, with a …
John Oates, 16 Jul 2008
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Activists say consultation on RIPA was 'secretive and short'

Digital rights activists have criticised a Home Office consultation on the UK's main interception law that they say is shorter and more secret than it should be. The consultation (10-page / 37KB PDF) is into proposed changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), the law which controls the interception of …
OUT-LAW.COM, 30 Nov 2010
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EC probe costing Sun $100m a month

Larry Ellison claims the European Commission investigation into his proposed takeover of Sun Microsystems is costing $100m a month. Coincidentally that is exactly how much Ellison spends on scented candles to keep his fleet of fighter aircraft smelling fragrant. The Oracle boss accepted that European regulators have a job to do …
John Oates, 22 Sep 2009
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EC to tackle 'misleading' online gadget sellers

More than half of Europe's online gadget sellers failed to provide buyers with correct sales information or misled punters over pricing, an European Commission investigation has concluded. EC investigators visited 369 European websites selling “six of the most popular electronic goods”: compact cameras, phones, MP3 players, DVD …
James Sherwood, 09 Sep 2009
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EC pressure on Microsoft grows

The European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is considering ordering Microsoft to offer rival browsers with its own software bundle. As we reported in January, Microsoft warned shareholders of the possibility of such an action, which could even see older machines updated. One suggestion is that Microsoft could use its …
John Oates, 02 Jun 2009
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No import ban in InterDigital v Samsung patent case

The US International Trade Commission investigation into alleged patent infringements by Samsung began badly for InterDigital when the Commission indicated that an import ban is inappropriate. InterDigital is trying convince the Commission that Samsung is infringing five of their key WCDMA (aka GSM 3G) patents and should be …
Bill Ray, 08 Jul 2008
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EC slams national cybercrime responses as inadequate

The European Commission has launched a consultation on how it can strengthen the European Union's response to computer attacks. The Commission is canvassing views ahead of a debate early next year about an EU-wide coordination of computer security. A statement from the Commission said that responses to cyber-attacks from …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Nov 2008
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Dell faces fraud case

Dell is facing a lawsuit from Andrew Cuomo, the New York Attorney General, on behalf of consumers in the state. The computer maker, and its finance wing, are accused of fraud, false advertising, and failing to honour warranties and service contracts. New York state is seeking an injunction against Dell to stop it continuing …
John Oates, 16 May 2007
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EU thumps Intel with more anti-AMD charges

It's true. The European Union has thrown a new set of anti-trust allegations at Intel. Earlier this week, rumors swirled that the EU would spring into action, adding charges to a European Commission investigation against Intel that's been going since 2001. Now the extra charges have arrived, with EU regulators accusing Intel of …
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jul 2008

Intel's record fine will lead to civil suits, says expert

The European Commission has issued its biggest ever competition law fine to computer chip maker Intel. One competition law expert said that the billion euro fine will "open the floodgates" for civil actions that could cost the company further. Intel has been fined €1.06bn over secret payments and rebates to retailers who agreed …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 May 2009
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Report: Apple snagged Google Maps rival

Apple reportedly - and quietly - purchased a Google Maps competitor two months ago, and has absorbed its founder into the mothership at One Infinite Loop. Or so deduces Seth Weintraub over at Computerworld, who turned a July Tweet and a current LinkedIn profile into convincing evidence that Apple has acquired map-tech maker …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Oct 2009
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Europe claims UK botched one third of Data Protection Directive

The UK's Data Protection Act (DPA) does not implement European law properly, according to the European Commission which is investigating problems in the UK's implementation of 11 of the Data Protection Directive's articles, almost a third of the entire directive. Using freedom of information legislation, OUT-LAW.COM has learned …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Sep 2007
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Dell knocks back Q3 results as SEC probe turns formal

Dell today delivered a last minute disappointment to investors by delaying the release of its third quarter financial results. The delay comes as Dell tries to deal with an ongoing SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) investigation into the company's financial reporting. In a statement, Dell revealed that the SEC has …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Nov 2006
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HP board meets today to decide chairman's fate

The HP board of directors is meeting again later today to decide the fate of chairman Patricia Dunn. Dunn is in the firing line after apparently approving investigations into HP board directors' and another investigation into nine reporters, following concerns about information leaking from board meetings. The gumshoes …
John Oates, 11 Sep 2006
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Taiwan hits Dell with $30k fine in pricing saga

The hole Dell has dug for itself in Taiwan is getting deeper; the company has been fined a million Taiwan dollars (US $30,500) for its pricing cock-up and subsequent refusal to adequately compensate consumers. Dell mistakenly priced monitors and notebooks at sub-bargain-basement prices on its online store in Taiwan on June 25, …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2009

France bans Intel-only IT contracts

France has moved to avoid European Commission anti-trust action by removing a stipulation that government IT hardware projects must be based on Intel-based kit. The measures follow a Commission investigation into the contract tendering policies of EU member states. At the end of the probe, the EC warned national governments to …
Tony Smith, 05 May 2004
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Directors blame Dell, Intel for Elonex collapse

The directors of renowned British PC maker Elonex Plc have blamed US giant Dell and its team mate Intel for its collapse last month. Elonex went down owing nearly £18m last month. The administrator's report received by creditors this week revealed that £10.7m was owed to unsecured creditors, but only £2m of this is likely to be …
Mark Ballard, 28 Jul 2006
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Europe unleashes second probe into MS

Microsoft has found itself on the receiving end of a second European Commission investigation, over its proposed purchase of a 29.9 per cent stake in UK cable company Telewest. The Commission already has an antitrust investigation of Microsoft building up steam, and earlier this week extended the deadline for Microsoft to supply …
John Lettice, 22 Mar 2000
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UK.gov IT procurement to be discrimination-free

The British government has brought its IT procurement procedures into line with European directives that demand technology projects must not specify specific brands of microprocessor. The directive was issued after a European Commission investigation revealed a number of EU member states were mandating the use of Intel …
Tony Smith, 17 Aug 2005
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Former CA boss Kumar exits stage left

Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates' (CA) former boss, decided to leave the company on Friday. He hung around for just six weeks after stepping down as chief executive officer to become chief software architect. He stayed around just long enough to put in a reassuring appearance at last month's CA World conference in Las Vegas. …
John Leyden, 07 Jun 2004
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Man overboard! CA chief Kumar walks plank...

Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates' chief executive, has become the latest casualty of the marathon investigation into the software vendor's finances. After four years at the top, he has been forced to step down as chairman and chief exec, surrendering these roles to become CA's chief software architect, a new position. In …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2004
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AMD welcomes new Irish procurement rules

New guidelines for the procurement of IT equipment for Ireland's public sector have levelled the playing field for technology manufacturers. The updated guidelines prohibit specific requests for brand names or trademarked technologies. The move by Ireland's Department of Finance is in response to new European Union procurement …

Groupe Bull feels cold steel of EU probe

The French government has agreed to put its rescue plan for Bull on hold while the EC investigates the deal. As part of the surreal deal, the French government agreed not to pay any more money to Bull until the company pays back part of the assistance it was given in 2001 and 2002. This should have been repaid in June 2003. …
John Oates, 17 Mar 2004
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EU MS probe: hearings next month, verdict early 2002

European Commission hearings into Microsoft's conduct in Europe are to go ahead in late December, it was confirmed yesterday. Delphic as (almost) always, competition commissioner Mario Monti skated round the little matter of the DoJ's baseball bat turning into a daffodil, and said it was "too early to state to what extent the …
John Lettice, 14 Nov 2001
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SEC suspects MS may have massaged results

The US Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into Microsoft thinks the company may have been holding back cash in order to manipulate future earnings, according to the Wall Street Journal. Astute CFOs who do such things essentially 'hide' money from good quarters in order to pad out the more sluggish ones, thus …
John Lettice, 13 Feb 2002
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The great Enterasys boardroom exodus

Enterasys yesterday announced the departure of three key staff, including its chief executive, as it warned that revenues for quarter would be lower than expected. Enrique Fiallo resigned as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of the enterprise networking supplier yesterday in order to "pursue other business …
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2002
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Warranty inquiry lets retailers off the hook

The UK's extended warranties market is to be opened to competition, with retailers forced to promote offerings from third parties as well as their own. This conclusion of a Competition Commission investigation into extended warranties was accepted yesterday by the government, so the likes of Dixons and Comet may breathe a small …
Drew Cullen, 19 Dec 2003
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VeriSign settles slamming charge with BulkRegister

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence BulkRegister Inc and VeriSign Inc said yesterday they have settled a false advertising lawsuit that helped spark a US Federal Trade Commission investigation into a VeriSign marketing campaign that ended in May. Terms were not disclosed, but it seems likely VeriSign will part with some …
ComputerWire, 08 Aug 2002

Telewest debt structure ‘better than NTL’

Telewest, the cable company, has dismissed talks of joining forces with NTL, its bigger rival, after investors said they preferred its debt structure to NTL's. Adam Singer, chief executive, said the company did not need to go through "the agony of a merger," a reference to a Competition Commission investigation should the two, …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Nov 2000
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Congress lets spam out of the can

An anti-spam bill has been substantially weakened by a congressional committee, which has pulled measures that would allow consumers to sue junk emailers. The Unsolicited Commercial Electronic Mail Act of 2001 was originally drafted to allow Federal Trade Commission investigation and lawsuits from ISPs or consumers against …
John Leyden, 30 May 2001
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Glittering MS financials mask declining trend

Microsoft's Q4 results "beat the street" again? Monotonous, isn't it? We'll explain how it happens. Wall Street financial analysts produce their estimates ahead of the results, and in this case the suggestion was that Microsoft would ear 36 cents a share. This estimate is then followed by a "whisper" figure that is little higher …
Graham Lea, 20 Jul 1999