Wednesday, July 29, 2009

INTEL hit with record anti-trust fine

The European Commision fined Intel corp a record 1.06 billion euros(1.45 billion dollars) last month and ordered it to halt illegal rebates and other practices used to squeeze out rival AMD.
"given that intel has harmed millions of european consumers by deliberately acting to keep competitors out of the market for five years, the size of the fine should come as no surprise ," European Union Competition Commisioner Neelie Kroes told a news briefing.
the Eu executive said Intel paid computer makers to postpone or cancel plans to launch products that used AMD chips, paid illegal, secret rebates so computer manufacturers would use mostly or entirely Intel chips and paid a major retailer to stock only computers with its chips.
It ordered Intel to cease the illegal practices immediately to the extent that they are still ongoing. Intel may continue to offer rebates, so long as they are legal, the Commision said.
The EU antitrust fine is the biggest imposed on an individual company, exceeding an 896 million euro penalty last year against glass maker Saint-Gobain for price fixing, and a 497 million euro fine in 2004 on Microsoft for abuse of dominance.
Intel President and CEO PAul Otellini saidthe company plans to appeal at Europe's Court of First Instance.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 available in October

Microsoft's new-generation personal computer operating system, Windows 7, is expected to be available in October the software giant announced last month.
Microsoft had previously announced that Windows 7, which replaces the much maligned Vista, would be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season and the October release date is ahead of expectations.
Windows operating systems are used in about 90 percent computers, according to industry figures.
Microsoft released a nearly final version of Window 7 known as Windows 7.
Vista complaints included that it was not compatible with some software designed for the previous-generation Windows XP OS and that it was too much for smaller capacity "netbooks" or older computers to handle.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Broadband gains traction despite economic crisis

More people worldwide are subscribing to high-speed internet connections, despite the economic downturn, with China and other Asian countries among the growth leaders. This was indicated in a study released at the CommunicAsia 2009 trade fair in Singapore last month.
The study showed that the number of broadband lines grew by 16.6 million globally in the last quarter alone to more than 429 million. It said broadband penetration in 20 countries grew by 10 percent or more in the first quarter from the previous three months, with the biggest rise of 13.4 percent coming from India.