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[News] More Corruption Found in Intel: Conspiracy and Securities Fraud

  • Subject: [News] More Corruption Found in Intel: Conspiracy and Securities Fraud
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 21:22:50 +0000
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Ex-Intel exec pleads guilty to insider trading

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| Former Intel executive Rajiv Goel has pleaded 
| guilty to two charges of conspiracy and 
| securities fraud in connection with the 
| Galleon insider trading case. Goel is the 
| tenth person to plead guilty in the case, 
| which the FBI and the US attorney's office in 
| Manhattan call the largest hedge fund inside 
| trading case in US history.



In Europe, Intel Faces a Large Antitrust Fine

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| Microsoft, the worldâs largest software company, has faced the biggest
| financial penalties to date, accused of abusing its dominance. It paid a fine
| in 2004 of 497 million euros, or $663 million at current exchange rates.
| In the Intel case, âIâd be surprised if the fine isnât as high or higher than
| in the Microsoft case,â said Howard Cartlidge, the head of the European Union
| and competition group at the law firm Olswang in London. âTechnology markets
| are where the European Commission has perceived particular problems due to
| dominant companies.â
| Some legal experts speculate that Intelâs fine could reach about a billion
| euros, or $1.3 billion. Intelâs annual sales were $37.6 billion in 2008.


Intel Said to Face Fine, Rebate Ban in EU Decision (Update2)

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| Intel Corp., the worldâs biggest computer-chip maker, faces a European Union
| fine and a ban on rebates on sales to computer makers, according to two
| people who have seen a draft decision in an eight-year-old antitrust case.
| The 500-page draft was circulated to 27 national competition authorities over
| the past few weeks in preparation for a ruling in the case, two people with
| direct knowledge of the document said. The people asked for anonymity because
| the document isnât public.


Summary of Translation of Intel Decision by Korea Fair Trade Commission

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| The Korea Fair Trade Commission issued a decision late in 2008 finding Intel
| liable for abuse of dominance in the microchip market. This 131-page document
| has not been available in English. This translation by AAI Research Fellow
| Byung-Geon Lee presents the highlights.


Korea Fair Trade Commission rules against Intel

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| Samsung was one of the firms named in the suit as having been bullied into
| choosing Intel CPUs over AMD's back in 2002. Apparently, Intel "continuously
| requested" Samsung stop buying from its competitors, and when the
| word "please" didn't work, Intel decided to get abusive, significantly
| reducing its volume of rebates to the electronics giant in the first and
| second quarter of 2002. Chipzilla then asked again. With a
| little âaggressive' tone on the "please" no doubt.
| Come May 2002, Intel purportedly realised it needed to take things to another
| level, implementing a "long term support plan" offering sweeteners like
| maximum-level rebates on the condition, of course, Samsung spent its cash
| buying blue.
| The AAI document reckons Intel put an $800 million rebate proposal on the
| table in exchange for Samsung dumping AMD CPUs. No prizes for guessing
| whether or not Samsung took the bait. After all, it would be bad business not
| to, right? To hell with the moral high-ground.



Why Microsoft and Intel tried to kill the XO $100 laptop

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| At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2005, Nicholas Negroponte,
| supreme prophet of digital connectivity, revealed a strange tent-like object.
| It was designed to change the world and to cost $100. It was a solar-powered
| laptop. Millions would be distributed to children in the developing world,
| bringing them connection, education, enlightenment and freedom of
| information. The great, the good, the rich and the technocrats nodded in
| solemn approval.
| And then some of them tried to kill it.
| Microsoft, makers of most of the computer software in the world, tried to
| kill it with words, and Intel, maker of most computer chips, tried to kill it
| with dirty tricks. Of course, they donât admit to being attempted murderers.
| And when I introduce you to Intelâs lovely spokesperson, Agnes Kwan, youâll
| realise how far their denials go. But the truth is the two mightiest
| high-tech companies in the world looked on Negroponteâs philanthropic scheme
| and decided it had to die.
| Yet, 3Â years later, the laptop is clinging on to life. It costs around $190
| rather than $100 and it is called the XO. It is no longer like a tent, but it
| can still be solar-powered. It is a technological triumph. But only 370,000
| are in use and another 250,000 ordered. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the
| company formed to run the project, is still driven by the same old idealism,
| geekery and technical brilliance. But Negroponte and his young staff are
| older and wiser. They were stunned by the savagery of the competition they
| faced â competition plainly intended to destroy a philanthropic idea. âI had
| wildly underestimated,â says Negroponte, âthe degree to which commercial
| entities will go to disrupt a humanitarian project.â
| [...]
| My Intel spokesperson, Agnes Kwan, seems to exist to evade the issue. I
| played e-mail ping-pong with her over several days. She was trying to avoid
| giving me any dates that would show the Classmate came after the XO. This
| included sending me a bizarre and barely literate âethnographicâ study of
| computing in the developed world. In the end, all she would say about the
| timeline of the Classmate was: âItâs hard to pinpoint a start date with the
| nature of ethnographic research in which ethnographers collect data over a
| long period of time.â Sorry?


The OLPC XO laptop

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| Originally known as the '$100 laptop' from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
| project, the XO laptop is now available through retail. I bought one under
| the Give One, Get One program where for a $400 donation, OLPC would send one
| XO to the donator, and another to a child. This is my story of working with
| it for a couple of weeks.    


Laptop-Project Founder Faults Intel

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| Oscar Becerra Tresierra, general director for educational technology at
| Peru's Ministry of Education, says that after the country recently agreed to
| buy 272,500 OLPC laptops for primary-school students, an Intel sales
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| representative tried "to scare us" by claiming the machines and their power
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| adapters didn't work. "I don't feel very happy about it," he said. "We  
| wouldn't like the project to fail because somebody is spreading gossip about
|                                                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| the machines that doesn't turn out to be true."    


Laptop Project Blames Intel for Breakup

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| Negroponte said Intel even tried to undo a deal One Laptop had already sealed
| in Peru by citing flaws in the One Laptop "XO" machine and telling government
| ministers "we ought to know, because we are on the board." Such hostile
| comments were prohibited, Negroponte claimed, under the July peace treaty
| that brought Intel into the One Laptop Per Child camp.    
| "I want to say we tried, but it was never a partnership," Negroponte
| said. "There's not one single thing in their contract or agreement that they
| lived up to."  


Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intelâs agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ânon disparagementâ
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall
| Street Journal.  
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth
| out about Intels tactics.
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss.
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux.


Poor Kids' Laptop Cranks Up

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| Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates earlier this year told the Microsoft
| Government Leaders Forum, "Geez, get a decent computer where you can
| actually read the text and you?re not sitting there cranking the thing
| while you're trying to type" (see Bill Gates Mocks $100 Laptop).


One Laptop Per Child - Production Delays Caused By Microsoft, Intel?

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| I sincerely hope that no matter what the people who are running the
| OLPC project decide, that their project will continue and not get
| bogged down in a play of corporate greed and ambitions.


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.


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| That software effort does not have the support of Mr. Otellini, who
| is concerned about incurring Microsoft's wrath, the executive said.
| The two companies have a long history of tension over who controls
| the hardware and software direction of the "Wintel standard." Intel
| has said it is supporting both operating systems.


Lessons from Africa: How to Kill Your Own FUD

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| So, even as Microsoft claims superior quality over Linux, they act as if they
| don't even buy their own FUD. If they really believed that Windows was
| superior to Linux, they wouldn't have to bribe people with âmarketing helpâ
| to get them to choose Windows.  


Linux wins Nigerian school desktops back from Microsoft

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| "We are sticking with that platform," said the official, who would not give
| his name.


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! Iâm impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their
| mind like this? Itâs pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone.
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my
| place, they give it various names, Iâm sure you know them.  
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one.
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win
| too.  


Not Such a Harsh Toke, Actually

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| This is socially, economically, politically and otherwise innovative. It is
| good for democracy too in some of the few remaining places that good thing is
| having trouble getting hold. We regard that thing too lightly, I fear.  
| The Gates | Otellini axis directly hurts us deeply. To me, it is a
| particularly American shame.


Intel slapped with new antitrust investigation

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| New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has launched an antitrust
| investigation of Intel, after his office served a wide-ranging subpoena on
| the chip giant.  
| Cuomo is investigating whether Intel violated state and federal antitrust
| laws by coercing customers to exclude its main rival, Advanced Micro Devices
| (AMD), from the worldwide market for PC central processing units (CPUs),
| Cuomo said in a news release.  
| The subpoena seeks information on Intel's pricing practices and possible
| attempts to exclude competitors through its market power, Cuomo's office
| said.  


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. âIn the context of bids against AMD-based products for
| strategic customers in the server segment of the market,â the commission
| press release said, âIntel has offered CPUs on average below cost.â  


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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