Topic / Antitrust

EU finds Google in potential breach of antitrust laws, cites four concerns

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Image: Dimitar Nikolov/Flickr (Creative Commons) Back in November 2010, the European Commission launched an antitrust investigation into Google after two websites complained. Now, the results are in – and Google could face a suit on its hands, after it found four areas where it may be considered an abuse of its market dominance. The four areas include: Linking of its own ‘vertical’ search services – or search engines that focus […]

TECHGEEK Weekly 38: That’ll be $78 Trillion, please

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James Wilson, holding his new partner at the iPad 2 Launch (Image: Stewart Wilson/TECHGEEK.com.au) Despite the fact that Tom, James and Stewart aren’t on, the TECHGEEK Weekly Podcast still lives on, and we discuss the launch of the iPad 2, talk about the BlackBerry Playbook to come with Android applications and the fact that Duke Nukem Forever is delayed (again!). We also find out that Tom, James and Stewart really […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 21: We dropped the cable

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Okay, we get it. We fail at comedy. Don’t get your knickers in a twist. We discuss the Wikileaks saga, the fact that Porn aims to be the next Google in stealing your private data and that Apple tries to push a dead social network with a dead celebrity. Yep, and while I’m so going to get angry emails from Michael Jackson fans, Tom is going to get emails from […]

European Union announes antitrust probe on Google

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Microsoft and Intel had face them. Now it’s Google’s turn. The search engine will be investigated by the European Union for antitrust violations, with the European Commission accusing that Google had abused its dominant position in the search engine market. The matter, according to the European Commission, is “a matter of priority”.

EU to investigate IBM over abuse in mainframe computer market

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The European Commission, which is the antitrust regulator of the entire 27-nation European Union (similar to our ACCC), has launched an investigation into IBM on allegations that the company abused its dominant position in the mainframe computer market. “IBM is alleged to have engaged in illegal tying of its mainframe hardware products to its dominant mainframe operating system,” the European Commission said.

Apple faces antitrust review on coding restrictions

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Apple might be in trouble with its restrictions after all, and it took them this long? Reports coming from the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are looking in beginning who will be taking on Apple on an antitrust complaint on developing applications for the iPhone – the main question, however, is who will it be? After the launch of the SDK for iPhone OS 4, it made […]

EU opens antitrust investigations into Oracle-Sun deal

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The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into software maker Oracle and its planned purchase of Sun Microsystems, as the commission says it has serious worries about the deal that could see higher prices and limited choice for database software. Oracle, the second-largest software maker, announced on April 21 of this year that it would buy Sun Microsystems and would see the combined company having both Sun’s popular technology […]

EU wants to bring more browsers in Windows

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The European Union may force Microsoft to put more browsers into the operating system after being “frustrated with past efforts”, as put by the Wall Street Journal, with their previous responses over previous sanctions made by the European Commission. The new action could be a sharp blow to Microsoft by competition commissioner Neelie Kroes, after a recent record fine of US$1.48 billion against Intel after being found to have made […]

EU regulators issues Intel with record-breaking fine

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IN DEPTH : European regulators have found Intel guilty and has placed a €1.06 billion fine for engaging in illegal anticompetitive practises that excluded its rival, AMD, from entering the computer chips market – the largest fine ever made since Microsoft’s anticompetitive fine in 2004.

Report : EU to fine Intel over antitrust suit

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The European Commission is set to fine the largest chip maker, Intel, on Wednesday over breaking antitrust rules within the European Union, people familiar with the case told both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters over the weekend.

Microsoft competitors join in EU antitrust case over Internet Explorer

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The European Commission (EC) has granted a request from the European Committee for Interoperable Systems (ECIS) to be a third-party participant in its case against Microsoft’s practises over its bundling of Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system. The ECIS, however, has members who are competitors to Microsoft in its different fronts; including Adobe, Corel, IBM, Nokia, Oracle, RealNetworks, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and more importantly, Opera – who asked […]

Intel faces new antitrust charges in EU

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Intel is expected to face new antitrust charges from regulators in Europe after focusing on the marketing and sales practices on the chip giant, according to the Wall Street Journal’s website and citing unidentified people that are claimed to be familiar with the matter. The new charges allege that Intel offered inducements to retailers in Europe in return of selling Intel and not from its rival Advanced Micro Devices, or […]

Intel faces antitrust probe

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Intel, the world’s largest microchip maker, had announced on Friday that it had received a civil subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission, which has been examining informally its pricing and sales rebates for more than a year. This investigation follows the assault by regulators in Europe and Asia, and the subpoena sees Intel forced to comply with the investigation, while it wasn’t forced to comply before the subpoena was issued. […]

Microsoft fights EU – again

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Microsoft and the European Union have not had a best relationship, especially on Microsoft’s business policies. After alleging that the giant engaged in price fixing, the European Commission handed down massive fines. The first was handed down in 2004 after losing their case with the Commission and was handed down a USD$690M. The second was handed down after an appeal and not paying the first fine and handed down a […]