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Alan Cox and the End of an Era

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| After this crucial contribution, Cox effectively became Number 2 in the Linux 
| kernel devlopment team. As such, he was a natural candidate for Red Hat when 
| the company started making hackers offers they couldn't refuse. Thanks, in 
| part, to the networking code he had helped to develop, he was able to work 
| from his home in Wales, where he has also become an important voice in UK 
| debates about software patents and ramifications of technology issues for 
| civil liberties.      


On the bright side today:

PC makers conservative about Intel Moblin open source software for Atom

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| Although Intel signed an agreement with Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs 
| (MOEA) to establish a Moblin (Mobile Linux) enabling center in October. The 
| center was set up to provide assistance in developing open source software 
| and applications optimized for Atom processor-based devices, but so far, not 
| a single Taiwan-based PC maker has joined the project, according to sources 
| at PC vendors.     


Center for Moblin Linux Opens in Taipei

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| A new center aimed at speeding the development of mobile computing devices 
| around the Linux-based Moblin OS opened in Taipei on Tuesday. 
| The idea is for Taiwanese companies to use the center as a testing ground for 
| new netbooks and mobile Internet devices (MIDs), as well as develop more 
| applications around Moblin.   



Systems, According to ABI Research

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| The Mobile Internet Device (MID) market is shaping up as a very promising
| greenfield opportunity for mobile operating system vendors to find new
| outlets for their products.Linux will be an important part of this market
| from the start and will be championed by solutions such as Moblin and
| Maemo.ABI Research expects that by 2013, 86 million Linux-enabled MID
| products will ship per annum, with Moblin taking 42% of the market.


Intel says Linux-based Moblin update coming soon

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| Intel is readying a second release of the Moblin open-source platform for
| mobile computing, with plans set for an alpha-level version in a few weeks,
| an Intel official said at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in the
| US on Wednesday.



Intel launches mobile Linux initiative

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| Intel has unveiled an ambitious project aimed at developing open source
| software for mobile devices. The Moblin project comprises a Linux kernel, UI
| framework, browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation
| tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing lists,
| and an IRC channel.


Ubuntu Mobile and Moblin: just the facts

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| Dan shares a bit of his newfound knowledge and there's definitely some facts
| that I wasn't aware of. Things like:
|     * Moblin isn't an operating system or a Linux distro; it's a project.
|     * Ubuntu Mobile is built with Hildon and Gecko.
|     * Both initiatives have some some Intel backing or sponsorship


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel


Intel Backstabs Microsoft by Abandoning Vista

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| The news that Intel has decided it won't upgrade its PCs to Vista must be
| especially bitter for Microsoft because court documents show that Microsoft
| may have launched its ill-fated "junk PC" Vista scheme at the behest of
| Intel. Is this the kind of payback that Microsoft expected?


Intel won't touch Vista

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| So that leaves two other choices, Linux and Mac. Linux is a distinct
| possibility, they already have an in-house distro that causes employees look
| nervously around the room when you talk about it. Although it is not a
| desktop variant, there is no reason that they could not roll one given two
| years.


Otellini: 'MID revolution will be centred round Linux'

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| Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to
| open source rival
| Intel's CEO has said that he sees the revolution that is about to happen
| around mobile internet devices (MID) such as the Eee PC and other Atom-based
| sub-notebooks will be "centred round Linux", in an interview with Associated
| Press.


EU thumps Intel with more anti-AMD charges

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| 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 three new bits of "abusive conduct" designed to wound AMD's
| place in the x86 processor market.


Intel faces another EU probe

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| The allegation is that Intel used 'inducements' to persuade major European
| retailers not to sell computers equipped with AMD chippage.


EU dumps more anti-trust charges on Intel

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| New charges could delay the case - Intel will have two months to respond to
| any allegations made. After this the Commission could decide to publicly
| charge the company with anti-trust offences.


It's the Year of Discovery at AMD – Discovery of Intel Irregularities, That Is

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| Of course, South Korea isn't the only government to indict the company over
| its market dominance; in 2005, Japan ruled the silicon giant in violation of
| Japanese antitrust laws, a decision Intel declined to contest. The European
| Union is currently investigating Intel's practices — including February's
| surprise raid on the firm's German offices — as is the New York Attorney
| General's Office, which opened an investigation in January. Meanwhile, the
| U.S. Federal Trade Commission — primarily former-antitrust defense counsel
| and now-chairman Deborah Majoras, who ignored calls from Congress and fellow
| Commissioners to launch an investigation — has been reluctant to pursue the
| matter, though an "informal probe" is said to be underway.


Intel "paid vendors not to use AMD"

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| AMD filed suit in Delaware against Intel in June of 2005, accusing its
| competitor of abusing its monopolistic position. The complaint charges that
| customers were forced not to use AMD processors. At that time the Japanese
| anti-trust body was investigating Intel and the EU Commission also had its
| eye on Intel's behaviour.


Negroponte says Intel should be "ashamed of itself"

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| He is furious that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett called the One Laptop a
| gadget. The Negroponte initiative is caught in the middle of a vicious
| fight between AMD and Intel, he said.


FTC Opens Antitrust Investigation Into Intel

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| The Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) in 2005 recommended that Intel end
| its practice of offering funds to PC makers in exchange for a commitment not
| to use processors from its competitors. Intel accepted those recommendations,
| which came after a lengthy JFTC investigation, saying at the time it wanted
| to avoid a protracted legal battle.


Intel, AMD See Date With Justice Pushed Back to 2010

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| AMD is accusing Intel of using illegal subsidies in order to coerce 38
| companies in North America, Asia and Europe to use its products, in some
| cases threatening retribution if those companies used or sold AMD products.


Intel's Otellini accuses the EU of being anti-American

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| Still, he sighed, the worst case scenario is that he might have to write a
| cheque, even if fines in the current case could be as high as $3.2 billion


Intel dodges formal U.S. antitrust probe - report

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| Head of F.T.C. nixes Intel probe, despite investigations in Europe and South
| Korea.


Regulators Avoiding Intel Investigation?


US FTC staff not held back on Intel-commissioner

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| FTC Chairman Deborah Majoras, a Republican, has rejected requests by
| lawmakers, other commissioners and Advanced Micro Devices Inc to open a
| formal antitrust investigation into its much larger rival Intel, the New York
| Times reported on Monday.  


Report: FTC rejects calls for antitrust probe of Intel

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| The New York Times reported on Monday that FTC Chairman Deborah Majoras has
| rejected requests to escalate at informal review into a formal investigation,
| citing unnamed government officials and lawyers involved in the matter.  


Business Group Spent $140,000 Lobbying

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| The group's members include Intel Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Bristol-Myers
| Squibb Co.


FTC won't step up Intel antitrust probe

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| Intel, the world's biggest maker of computer chips, has been cited for
| anti-competitive behavior for allegedly offering large discounts to computer
| makers in exchange for their not using products from AMD, the paper said.  
| Those faulting Intel include regulators with the European Commission and
| Korea, the Times said. Japanese officials also made similar accusations in
| 2005, it said. Intel controls some 80 percent to 90 percent of the microchip
| market, it said.  


Top sales official at AMD steps down

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| Richard, known for his sharp suits and frank comments about AMD's much-larger
| rival Intel Corp., oversaw AMD's international sales force and corporate
| marketing initiatives.  


Why Brussels is Abuzz with Lobbyists

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| As the EU sets more rules, corporations are building their presence and
| paying for clout


Intel Hires Lobbying Firm

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| Computer chip maker Intel Corp. has hired FBA Inc. to lobby the federal
| government, according to a federal disclosure form.


Intel Joins Bill Clinton's Global Initiative


Micron Opening Lobbying Office in DC

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| Micron Technology Inc., on Thursday said it has opened a government
| affairs office in Washington to lead the computer memory maker's
| lobbying efforts on patent reform, international trade, research
| funding and other issues.
| [...]
| Carroll, 33, worked for the last six years as trade policy
| director for semiconductor maker Intel Corp., which she joined
| in 1998 as European government affairs policy manager based in
| Brussels, Belgium.


Marketing Group Spent $350,000 Lobbying

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| The Direct Marketing Association spent $350,000 in the first half of 2007 to
| lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form.


S. Korea sends Intel antitrust statement-company

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| South Korea began investigating Intel's marketing and rebate practices for
| computer processors two years ago after similar probes by Japan and the
| European Union.  


Korean antitrust probe of Intel ends, penalties to be decided soon

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| Although neither Intel nor the KFTC provided details on the findings, sources
| told the Korea Times said that the antitrust regulators did plan to impose
| penalties on the chipmaker. "The FTC gained some evidence backing up
| suspicions that Intel has offered discounts to computer makers in exchange
| for sealing exclusive deals, and coerced dealers not to buy products from
| rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)," said one source.    


Intel: South Korean Antitrust Probe Over

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| South Korean media have reported the inquiry has centered on allegations
| Intel abused its market dominance by pressuring computer makers to avoid
| using chips made by Intel's rivals.  


Intel to Reply Soon to Antitrust Queries

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| It is not common for the Federal Trade Commission, which issued a second
| request for information to Intel last week, to ask for more information on
| such mergers.  


US antitrust group urges Intel investigation

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| The American Antitrust Institute (AAI), a Washington DC lobby group, has
| written an open letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging an
| investigation of Intel's allegedly monopolistic business practices.  
| [...]
| AAI say its insistence of an investigation is based on allegations by AMD in
| a private case and information obtained by the EC's complaint, which have not
| been made public  


Intel urged to give more data on flash unit deal

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| ...U.S. Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information on the
| company's deal with STMicroelectronics...


The Fight for Fair and Open Competition

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| AMD is an undisputed technology and innovation leader.
| However, Intel's abusive, illegal monopolistic behavior is preventing
| businesses and consumers alike from choosing freely between AMD and Intel  
| products.


EC says Intel influenced bids for computer projects

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| The third type of allegation, however, was new, and sounded like a variety of
| predatory pricing. “In the context of bids against AMD-based products for
| strategic customers in the server segment of the market,” the commission
| press release said, “Intel has offered CPUs on average below cost.”  


AMD chief condemns Intel 'abuses'

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| In 2005, after the Japan Fair Trade Commission found Intel guilty of
| offering illegal rebates to Japanese PC makers, AMD filed an anti-trust
| suit against its competitor in the U.S. District Court in Delaware. The
| case has not been decided.


AMD: Intel Destroyed Evidence in Antitrust Case

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| In an unpublished statement to the U.S. District Court of Delaware,
| AMD alleges Intel allowed the destruction of evidence in pending
| antitrust litigation.


Video: Henri Richard comes out swinging at Intel during AMD press conference

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| [AMD's Henri Richard:] "I am sick and tired of being pushed around
| by a competitor that doesn't respect the rules of fair and open
| competition."


Investors sue Dell on payments from Intel: WSJ

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| An investor lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses Dell Inc. of
| improper accounting in its relationship with chip giant Intel,
| according to a media report published Thursday evening.
| [...]
| The suit alleges that Dell received at times as much as $1 billion
| a year in "secret and likely illegal" kickbacks in the form of
| "e-Cap" or "exception to corporate average pricing" payments"
| from Intel to ensure that Dell used no other chip supplier,
| according to The Journal.


Lenovo got financial help from Intel, claim

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| Journalists on the title said Lenovo is being paid a "pretty
| penny" from Intel to use its chips.


Intel's anti-trust memos started vanishing from the top

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| Chairman Craig Barrett, CEO Paul Otellini and sales chief Sean Maloney
| have appeared on a list of Intel employees thought to have deleted
| e-mails possibly relevant to AMD's anti-trust lawsuit against its
| larger rival. The missing e-mails have thrust a livid state of mind
| onto AMD's lawyers who have very serious problems with Intel's
| rather lax document retention policy.
| [...]
| CEO Otellini appears to have been one of these troublesome employees.

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