quote: Neelie Kroes made the Forbes' The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list multiple times: as number 47 in 2008, 59 in 2007, 38 in 2006 and number 44 in 2005. They call her "Nickel Neelie" and "Steely Neelie." She apparently earned her nickname because she's tough in the same vein as U.K. "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher when dealing with competition issues.
quote: Apparently, Google, MS, and Intel didn't pay the politicians as much as the competition did.
quote: Tell me, how has Google or Intel hurt consumers in Europe?
quote: It is very common for bribes to take place between Government and companies in the EU
quote: You sure do. If put in writing, those rules would run something like "Arrogant US firms will be penalized sternly for making better products at lower prices!"
quote: Intel didn't conspire to fix prices like Heineken did
quote: But Intel didn't hinder competition.
quote: AMD's market share was rising during the period where Intel signed the lions share of these agreements. So much for that argument.
quote: A company that produces the bulk of their chips in Europe, using European labor.
quote: and blacking their eye is always popular with European voters...which is the real rationale for this suit in the first place.
quote: Intel and the EU...both large organizations looking to make a quick buck and runned a little crooked. Maybe they're a little too large for their own good.
quote: Lol what? The EU is the largest market because 20+ countries all combined forces.
quote: That says nothing about how competitive (or in this case anticompetitive) those markets are.
quote: The only thing Intel did wrong was be too good at making chips. They didn't force anyone to buy their chips, and they didn't prevent anyone from buying AMD. They just made a better product. That's competition.