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[News] Wintel Gets BUSTED (Antitrust)

AMD claims key victory in Intel antitrust suit

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| AMD filed suit against Intel in June 2005, charging Intel with
| employing anticompetitive practices in the sale of PC chips.
| Intel has denied the charges.


AMD says court seeks data from Intel in antitrust case

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| Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said a U.S.
| federal court had overruled Intel Corp.'s 
| objections in an ongoing antitrust litigation.
| The court has ordered Intel to produce documents and other
| evidence bearing upon its "exclusionary conduct" outside
| United States, AMD said in a statement.


Background and context:

Court tells Intel to hand over foreign documents in antitrust case

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| In June 2005, AMD filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against Intel, accusing 
| the larger CPU maker of abusing its dominant position in the worldwide PC 
| market to prevent AMD's CPUs from making significant inroads. The suit 
| alleges that Intel customers like Toshiba, Gateway, Dell, Hitachi, and 
| others agreed to exclusive deals with Intel in exchange for "cash payments, 
| discriminatory pricing or marketing subsidies conditioned on the exclusion 
| of AMD."


Comes v. MS Antitrust Trial Begins in Iowa

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| Here's part of what Allchin said about how to deal with the competitive
| threat from Novell then:
| "We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger....If you're
| going to kill someone, there isn't much reason to get all worked up
| about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions
| beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while
| we pull the trigger."
| [...]
| Conlin used a variety of computer-generated illustrations,
| including one that showed 15 icons, each representing what she
| said was an illegal action taken by Microsoft in pursuit of its
| bid to become and remain a monopoly. The icons had titles like
| "exclusionary contract," "technical sabotage," "buying out the
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| competitition"...

Jury Hears Microsoft Competition Suit

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| A judge on Friday told jurors they must accept as fact that a
| federal court found in 1999 that Microsoft holds a monopoly over
| computer operating systems and that it restricted computer
| manufacturers' ability to use competing systems.
| [...]
| She said she'll show that the company used its monopoly power
| to exclude competition and control prices and that it conspired with
| other companies to restrain trade, maintaining what she called a
| chokehold on software competitors and computer manufacturers.
| "It isn't illegal to be successful," Conlin said in opening
| remarks. "We applaud that. ... But you can't freeze out competitors
| and punish and retaliate against people who cooperate with
| competitors. Microsoft did all that and more."
| Conlin warned jurors that she would say some unflattering things
| about Microsoft and its billionaire founder Bill Gates, who
| serves as company chairman.
| [...]
| Conlin's first 3 1/2 hours of opening arguments delved deeply into
| computer industry history and how Microsoft fought off competitors
| attempting to design rival software.


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| Today in Iowa, attorneys have once again taken Microsoft  (nasdaq: MSFT
| -  news  -  people ) to court over anti-trust charges associated with
| its Windows operating system. In addition to the age-old complaints
| about squeezing out competitors and price-fixing, there is a twist:
| This case alleges that by bolting together Windows and Internet
| Explorer, Microsoft produced software that gummed up people's
| computers....
| The opening statement by Iowa attorney Roxanne Barton Conlin is
| expected to last three to four days. She plans to show the entire
| 10-hour deposition given by Gates in 1998 to attorneys for the U.S.
| Department of Justice....
| One minor victory for Microsoft: Gates and Ballmer need only make one
| trip to Iowa and so will answer questions from both the prosecution and
| defense on the same day--potentially disrupting the "flow" of the
| plaintiff's case.
| Complaints about lack of choice and high prices have been the theme
| song of most of the legal complaints against Microsoft. The Iowa case
| also alleges that Microsoft's software caused "drained memory,
| decreased speed and an increased incidence of security breaches and
| bugs" in its customers' computers....
| The plaintiff lawyers contend that Iowan customers of Microsoft are
| entitled to as much as $329 million in damages as compensation for
| Microsoft overcharges between May 1994 and June 2006. The lawyers are
| also seeking compensation for the time people have had to spend
| repairing security breaches--a figure that they put at a minimum of $50
| million. "The illegal bolting of Internet Explore to the Windows
| operating system created a larger 'attack surface'" and made the
| operating system more vulnerable, asserts Richard Hagstrom, co-lead
| counsel for the plaintiffs. "The damages are based on what people
| need to do to protect themselves from security breaches."


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