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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Fine != Punishment?
by Laurence on Wed 13th May 2009 11:53 UTC
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I was wondering if a more apt punishment would have to force Intel to open the specs or release the patents on one of their chips.

Sure it would really hurt Intel (perhaps too severely?) but it would also be a stark warning to them and every other company which abuses it's power that such actions will not be tolerated.

Plus, fining a company of Intels size wouldn't really affect it's business nor offer compensation to the competitors who Intel have harmed.

What's your thoughts on this idea? Too harsh / damaging or just punishment?

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