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[2]: Sounds awfully familiar
by lemur2 on Wed 13th May 2009 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Sounds awfully familiar"
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The EU already went after Microsoft for monopolistic practices, and as far as I know that's still ongoing. I believe the situation you're describing was in the ECIS report, if I remember correctly.

That first fine on Microsoft by the EU was for not revealing interoperability specifications (network protocols) and for bundling (media player). The current investigation is for bundling again, this time for bundling IE and thereby keeping other web browsers out of the market and attempting to make it necessary to have IE and Windows in order to view web content.

Paying one party to not use a competitor's product would be an entirely different thing again.

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jabbotts Member since:

I think the first article mentioned it (can't remember if here or elsewhere but I think it was here a day ago or so). Microsoft was found guilty of this very same practice. The two big profile EU cases where/are interoperability and bundling but MS has been in US courts over OEM fixing.

It was the same old "if you sell systems with no OS or not our OS, we will take away your deep volume discount so you can't compete with all the other OEM that play by our rules."

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