Antitrust NewsWatch: March 2005

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Microsoft and EU reach agreement on name for antitrust-compliant version of Windows XP -

Names have been chosen for the antitrust-compliant version of Microsoft Windows XP without its embedded media player. The names "Windows XP Home Edition N" and "Windows XP Professional Edition N" have been selected. Microsoft has said that it is 'disappointed' with the names, but has agreed to use them after a list containing its nine candidates were rejected by the Commission, including Microsoft's preferred selection 'Windows XP Reduced Media Edition.' Significant unresolved issues remain concerning the scope of ongoing monitoring, compatibility with competitor products, and licensing terms for the new version.
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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Blockbuster ends bid for Hollywood: Clears way for acquisition by Movie Gallery -

Blockbuster, Inc. has dropped its $991 million bid for Hollywood Entertainment, citing concern that the deal would not pass US FTC scrutiny on anti-trust grounds. This clears the way for Dothan, Alabama-based Movie Gallery's $850 million bid for Hollywood Entertainment, which has already received regulatory approval. The combined firm would have 4,500-stores, about $2.6 billion in sales and 25% market share, compared to Blockbuster's 50% share.
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Rivals: Microsoft built flawed EU version of Windows -

"BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - European Union regulators are examining complaints that Microsoft Corp. intentionally engineered a scaled-down version of its Windows operating system so it wouldn't work as well with rival products." | 03/23/2005 | Rivals: Microsoft built flawed EU version of Windows

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

EU rejects Microsoft's trustee plan -

"BRUSSELS - Microsoft Corp. has been told its proposal to limit the powers of a non-partisan trustee to monitor its compliance with EU-imposed sanctions is unacceptable, the European Commission said. "
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

IBM Compuware Settle Lawsuit for $400 Mln - MSN Money

"SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - IBM (IBM), the world's largest computer maker, and Compuware Corp. (CPWR) on Tuesday said they agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Compuware accused IBM of predatory pricing and antitrust violations. The agreement calls for International Business Machines Corp. to license $140 million of Compuware software over the next four years, and offer to buy $260 million of Compuware services over the same period."
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Sunday, March 20, 2005

EU warns Microsoft about non-compliance with antitrust order -

BRUSSELS - EU officials have warned Microsoft that if it doesn't comply with the European Commission's landmark March 2004 antitrust ruling, the world's largest software maker can expect to be fined up to $5 million per day. EU sources have said that to comply, Microsoft must open its server middleware interoperability specifications within "weeks." Microsoft's current plan, which was rejected by the Commission, required vendors to license to those specifications.
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Friday, March 18, 2005

EU Commission: Microsoft not complying with antitrust remedy -

"BRUSSELS - 'On the basis of market test results, we have serious doubts that Microsoft is complying with the interoperability remedy,' EU competition spokesman Jonathan Todd said."
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Intel granted extension in Japan FTC case - CNET

"Facing allegations of antitrust violations in Japan, chip giant Intel requested and received a two-week extension to respond to recommendations by the Japan Federal Trade Commission."
Intel granted extension in Japan FTC case | CNET

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

EU court names intervenors in Microsoft case -

BRUSSELS - Five Microsoft allies and four EC members have now been approved by the European Commission's (EC) Court of First Instance to intervene on Microsoft's behalf in its appeal before the Court. The EC decided nearly a year ago against Microsoft that it competed unfairly against competitors. The court fined Microsoft 497 million euros ($657 million) and ordered it to offer a stripped-down version of Windows and share some protocols with other technology providers. Microsoft appealed that decision and the case is now before a panel of five judges in Luxembourg.
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EU: ContentGuard Deal Can Go Through -

"As EU regulators abandoned their investigation into the acquisition, Microsoft, Time Warner and Thomson Media quickly sealed the deal to acquire digital rights technology vendor ContentGuard. But ContentGuard CEO Michael Miron charges they've plundered the company."
EU: ContentGuard Deal Can Go Through

Monday, March 14, 2005

Telecom giant fined: Slovakia's Supreme Court upholds antitrust decision- Slovak Spectator

The Slovak Supreme Court upheld a 2004 decision by the Antitrust Office to fine Slovak Telecom Sk20 million (EUR 532,460) for squeezing out competition on the ADSL Internet market.
The Slovak Spectator - Slovakia's English Language Newspaper

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Intel said to be in violation of Japanese antitrust laws -

"Both the Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun newspapers reported over the weekend that Japan's Fair Trade Commission, which enforces the country's Anti-Monopoly Law, has ruled that the world's biggest chip maker violated antitrust law in its sales of chips to computer makers. The agency has scheduled a press conference on the matter for 11 p.m. tonight." | 03/07/2005 | Intel said to be in violation of Japanese antitrust laws

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Part of Microsoft Patent Ruling Reversed -

"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court reversed parts of a $521 million patent ruling against Microsoft Corp. Wednesday, giving the world's largest software maker another chance to prove that its widely used Web browser didn't illegally copy a key piece of technology."
Part of Microsoft Patent Ruling Reversed