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HP Offers AMD Shanghai-Based Workstation

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| The xw9400 is available with Windows Vista and XP Professional and Red Hat 
| Enterprise Linux 4.  


After the collusion, the bribes, and the sabotage of a charity, Intel deserves
to be embargoed along with Microsoft.


More inside dirt coming in Vista suit?

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| Microsoft is opposing the Ballmer deposition and that proposed method of
| distribution. But based on the principles applied previously in the case, it
| appears likely that many of the documents will be unsealed.


Call between CEOs questioned in Vista case

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| Plaintiffs' lawyers in the 'Vista Capable' case want to know what Steve
| Ballmer said to Intel CEO Paul Otellini during a phone conversation the two
| men had on the same day that Microsoft decided to loosen the requirements
| needed for a PC to get a 'Vista Capable' sticker.


Microsoft tries to avoid Ballmer deposition in Vista suit

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| Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is the subject of a new legal
| squabble in a lawsuit over the company's Windows Vista marketing practices.


Vista Capable plaintiffs subpoena PC titans

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| Other notable names on the list include Intel and former Windows chief Jim
| Allchin.



Microsoft tries to stop more ‘Vista-capable’ e-mails from going public

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| Microsoft is trying to put the kibosh on more of its internal (and
| embarassing) e-mail messages around its Vista marketing plans going public.
| [...]
| With every version of Windows, Microsoft has worked with hardware partners to
| find new ways to try to convince users they need more and more powerful
| machines to take advantage of more feature-rich software. If Microsoft and
| its partners were/are successful, it means more money in the PC makers’ and
| Microsoft’s coffers. With Vista, this pact really back-fired, as the already
| published e-mails around Vista-capable — and more, as-yet-unpublicized
| messages — will make evident.      


Microsoft challenges 'Vista Capable' class action

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| If granted, the motion would also postpone any new disclosures of potentially
| embarrassing company e-mails.


They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know.

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| Act 1: In 2005, Microsoft plans to say that only PCs that are properly
| equipped to handle the heavy graphics demands of Vista are “Vista Ready.”
| Act 2: In early 2006, Microsoft decides to drop the graphics-related hardware
| requirement in order to avoid hurting Windows XP sales on low-end machines
| while Vista is readied. (A customer could reasonably conclude that Microsoft
| is saying, Buy Now, Upgrade Later.) A semantic adjustment is made: Instead of
| saying that a PC is “Vista Ready,” which might convey the idea that, well, it
| is ready to run Vista, a PC will be described as “Vista Capable,” which
| supposedly signals that no promises are made about which version of Vista
| will actually work.      
| The decision to drop the original hardware requirements is accompanied by
| considerable internal protest. The minimum hardware configuration was set so
| low that “even a piece of junk will qualify,” Anantha Kancherla, a Microsoft
| program manager, said in an internal e-mail message among those recently
| unsealed, adding, “It will be a complete tragedy if we allowed it.”    
| Act 3: In 2007, Vista is released in multiple versions, including “Home
| Basic,” which lacks Vista’s distinctive graphics. This placed Microsoft’s
| partners in an embarrassing position. Dell, which gave Microsoft a postmortem
| report that was also included among court documents, dryly
| remarked: “Customers did not understand what ‘Capable’ meant and expected
| more than could/would be delivered.”    


Microsoft knew of Vista shortcoming prior to release


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel


Has Vista lost all credibility?


The Morning Wrap

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| DAILY INTEL: The semiconductor giant Intel is aggressively pursuing trademark
| infringement lawsuits, hitting small shops with complaints, The Recorder
| reports. Intel is going after a one-man company, Intellelectric, for alleged
| trademark violation. "Trademark enforcement is not unusual for companies with
| famous marks like Intel. But the number of suits sets the Santa Clara-based
| company apart," according to the Recorder report. This year alone, Intel has
| sued 15 companies like Intellelectric with the word "intel" in their name.


Intel asks court for more time with EU charges

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| The Commission issued charges against the world's biggest chipmaker in July,
| alleging that the U.S. company had paid a retailer to refrain from selling
| computers with chips made by competitor Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.N: Quote,
| Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).


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.


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.


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel

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