Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 10:23 UTC
Intel As was already revealed by eWeek earlier this week, the EU has imposed a massive fine on Intel for abusing its monopoly position. The fine is larger than the one given to Microsoft: 1.06 billion EUR, or 1.44 billion USD, opposed to the 899 million EUR fine imposed upon Microsoft.
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RE: Why just Intel
by Bernhard on Sat 16th May 2009 07:07 UTC in reply to "Why just Intel"
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Why fine just Intel? Surely, they had accomplices on this. Do companies in the EU not understand that when they are asked to sell one product for a discount in exchange for not offering another product that it is against the law? They should be fined an equal amount.

No. The market for home PCs is a harsh one; if you're offered a discount you don't really have a choice but to take it, or someone else will offer the same system cheaper than you. Intel knew that and made use of it.

Fining the retailers would be punishing them for being bullied.

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