EU

March 6th, 2013

Microsoft Fined $732 Million in EU

The European Union has levied a $732 million fine against Microsoft for allegedly violating an agreement that would separate browser from operating system. In 2009, Microsoft and EU antitrust regulators reached a deal that mandated Microsoft would provide a “choice” screen in Windows allowing users to pick their browser until 2014. However, an update to [...]

December 18th, 2012

Is the End of the Apple-Samsung Patent War Upon Us?

In a sign of a possible detente in the patent war between the two technology giants — or an assessment by one that the other is much less of a threat to sales — Samsung announced Tuesday morning that it would withdraw a lawsuit in Europe that sought to ban sales of Apple’s products in [...]

May 19th, 2010

Chipmakers Fined by EU for Price-Fixing

More than 7 years after the dissolution of a DRAM price-fixing cartel, over $400 million USD in fines were handed out to 9 of the 10 members of the cartel. The tenth member of the illegal operation, Micron, escaped without penalty because it was the company that originally blew the whistle in 2002. The nefarious [...]

September 21st, 2009

The EC Makes Public, the Decision Concerning Intel’s Abuse of Dominant Position

It was May when the European Commission made a rather shocking announcement; that goliath chip manufacturer, Intel, was indeed guilty of using it’s dominant market position to force computer manufacturer’s to support its product over competitor AMD.  Today, after nearly 5 months of wondering exactly what went on behind close doors, the EC has decided [...]

July 27th, 2009

Microsoft Looks To Offer Multiple Browsers in European Versions of Windows 7

As reported back in June 2009, the EU is pursing an investigation of alleged Microsoft anti-trust violations surrounding the use of Internet Explorer in their Windows operating systems. As a result Microsoft chose to completely eliminate IE from their upcoming release of Windows 7 in Europe.  Upon release, this is guaranteed to leave untold numbers of consumers [...]

June 15th, 2009

Microsoft Makes Big Sacrifices but EU Still Not Satisfied

In the never ending saga of Microsoft vs the European Union, new developments have been announced regarding Microsoft’s latest attempts to smooth things over in it’s European market, unfortunately the EU isn’t still is not happy and is adamant about continuing its pursuit for cash…err, justice. Starting with its record fine of approx $800 million [...]

May 13th, 2009

Intel AntiTrust EU Ruling: AMD Comments

The European Commission today found Intel guilty of abusing its dominant position in the global x86 microprocessor market, saying that “Intel has harmed millions of European consumers by deliberately acting to keep competitors out of the market for computer chips for many years. Such a serious and sustained violation of the EU’s antitrust rules cannot be tolerated.” [...]

May 11th, 2009

Intel prepares for EU Antitrust Verdict

The battle between Intel and AMD has raged for years now, with claims that the dominant chip manufacture has literally straggled AMD’s prospects with OEM’s, through the offering of cash incentives or refusal of services and rebates to delay or deny AMD based products .   Intel was found guilty in Japan in 2005, and last [...]