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[News] [Rival] Microsoft-Intel Monopoly Apologist to Resign

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft-Intel Monopoly Apologist to Resign
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2008 06:26:26 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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U.S. FTC chairman to step down in late March

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| U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras will resign in 
| late March and become general counsel of Procter & Gamble, the FTC and 
| company said on Thursday.  


FTC Chair to Leave, Join P&G


Good riddance. Context below.

Quote for the day:

"Don’t encourage new, cross-platform Java classes, especially don’t help get
great Win 32 implementations written/deployed. [...] Do encourage
fragmentation of the Java classlib space."

                                --Ben Slivka, Microsoft


STMicro, Intel joint venture financing slashed

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| Chipmaker STMicro said on Wednesday that the revised financing of $750 
| million followed "significant turmoil in the debt capital markets." The 
| spokesman declined to identify the sources of the financing.  


Intel Gets FTC's OK on Flash Chip Merger

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| Intel Corp. has received antitrust clearance to form a new flash memory firm 
| with STMicroelectronics NV. 


FTC Chair Asked to Step Down From DoubleClick Review

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| U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras is consulting 
| with the agency's ethics officer to see if she should recuse herself from a 
| review of Google's planned acquisition of online ad network DoubleClick.  


Sources: FTC extends Google-DoubleClick review

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| Antitrust regulators with the Federal Trade Commission have received an 
| extension to review the controversial $3.1 billion Google-DoubleClick  
| megamerger, according to sources. 


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.”   


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.


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.


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| In 2005, a unit of Shenzhen Donjin countersued, saying Intel engaged
| in monopolistic practices.


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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