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Once Again: Making Search Results Better Isn't An Antitrust Violation

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| However, the company in that NY Times profile, TradeComet, still isn't 
| satisfied, and has now sued Google for antitrust violations claiming that it 
| purposely tried to destroy its SourceTool site (and, of course, it should 
| come as no surprise that there's a Microsoft connection for all you 
| conspiracy buffs).    


Obama's antitrust pick: Microsoft 'so last century,' Google troubling

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| Bloomberg News has dug up an interesting one: Christine Varney, nominated by 
| President Obama to be the next U.S. antitrust chief, last year singled out 
| Google -- not Microsoft -- as especially worthy of government scrutiny.  
| "For me, Microsoft is so last century," Varney said at an American Antitrust 
| Institute conference. "They are not the problem." 


The biggest criminals still come out of the 'big' houses. White-collar


U.S. Won't Extend Microsoft Antitrust Sanctions

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| The U.S. Department of Justice said it will not seek to extend the
| restrictions placed on Microsoft Corp.'s business practices
| following its antitrust settlement with the U.S. government in 2002.
| Many of the restrictions are due to expire Nov. 12, and last week
| several U.S. states filed motions in favor of extending them for a
| further five years. Four of those states -- New York, Maryland,
| Louisiana and Florida -- had previously said they opposed an
| extension.
| The DOJ had also opposed the extension, and on Friday it made it
| clear that it would not be making a turnabout like the four U.S.
| states.
| [...]
| The DOJ didn't explain its decision Friday. In August it said it
| felt the judgment had been successful in preventing Microsoft from
| continuing its exclusionary behavior.
| The states who favor an extension disagree. They say operating
| systems haven't evolved as quickly as people thought they would in
| 2002, and that Microsoft could still use the dominance of Internet
| Explorer to choke competitors in the emerging Web 2.0 world.
| A status hearing that will likely address extending the
| restrictions is scheduled for Nov. 6 with District Court Judge
| Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
| The other states pushing for an extension are California,
| Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts and the
| District of Columbia.
| Separately last month the DOJ raised hackles in Europe by
| criticizing the European Union's decision to reject Microsoft's
| appeal of its antitrust decision there.

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