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Intel still maintains its innocence

Intel and Microsoft are two of the largest and most dominant companies in the technology industry. Both of the companies have also been accused of antitrust violations over the years and have at times been found guilty of the accusations.

Intel has been battling EU regulators over antitrust allegations claiming it abused it dominant market position to prevent its main rival, AMD, from gaining traction in the marketplace. The allegations claim that Intel was illegally paying computer makers to postpone or cancel the launch of products using AMD processors according to insiders close to the case.

Reuters reports that EU regulators are set to decide on Wednesday to fine Intel and order it to change its business practices. One EU executive claimed that Intel has practiced "naked restrictions" to competition in the market.

There is no indication at this time on how large the fine assessed against Intel might be; the largest fine ever assessed by the commission for abuse of a dominant position in the marketplace was the $655 million fine levied against Microsoft in March of 2004.

According to sources cited by Reuters, the EU commission is expected to rule that Intel committed two violations. One of the violations alleges that Intel paid computer makers to delay or outright scrap products using AMD processors. Intel is also said to offer other inducements to computer makers to get them to sell Intel only machines.

Intel allegedly set the percentages of its chips that PC makers had to use. NEC was told that 20% of its notebooks could use AMD CPUs according to sources. The source claimed that all Lenovo notebooks had to use Intel chips and many Dell products had to as well. HP is claimed to have been required to offer 95% of its notebooks with Intel processors. Intel had no comment on the claims and still maintains it did nothing wrong.



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RE: Hit the EU where it hurts-job losses
By inighthawki on 5/11/2009 7:40:24 PM , Rating: 3
I think u have it backwards, Intel/MS put their stuff there and in return they have to abide by the laws. The EU doesn't beg them to come on over in exchange for no penalties, you have things backwards.


RE: Hit the EU where it hurts-job losses
By crystal clear on 5/11/2009 9:58:21 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
TThe EU doesn't beg them to come on over


Oh really - I dont know where you are based/located,but I do travel frequently to the E.U. region.

I know the situation in the E.U countries- the situation is very bad,they call it the great recession with millions of unemployed,with NO JOBS around.

The E.U. is flooded with CHEAP imports from China leaving nothing much to do in the E.U.-the high value of the EURO makes exports ultra expensive & imports dirt cheap.
You name it from textiles to computers to software to just anything, its Taiwan,India & China manufactured.

If the E.U. did not beg till NOW then they WILL certainly do so very soon.

Even in the high tech sectors its very bad.

You have be there to know how bad it is & getting even more worse.

With the exception of GERMANY all others are desperate for investments for JOB creations & economic revival.


RE: Hit the EU where it hurts-job losses
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 5/12/2009 8:01:34 AM , Rating: 1
We had the same problem in the U.S. for a while when the dollar was valued so high. Part of the problem is that China artificially values their currency lower so as to guarantee a fantastic export market. It would be wiser to tariff Chinese products to the point they can no longer compete. There would be 3-5 years of pain but after that companies would have production online elsewhere to fill demand. Meanwhile the Chinese economy would collapse.


By crystal clear on 5/12/2009 7:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
Its high time something is done about this.


RE: Hit the EU where it hurts-job losses
By BZDTemp on 5/12/2009 1:16:52 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I know the situation in the E.U countries- the situation is very bad,they call it the great recession with millions of unemployed,with NO JOBS around.


? I do not know what EU you travel to but it must certainly be a different one than where I live!

The latest local figures I have say 3.4% unemployment. Average EU unemployment in April was 8.4%. It's worse in the south and east parts of the EU with Spain worst of and Holland doing best with 2.8%. The more rural the higher unemployment. Fact of matter is that some of the new EU countries was doing badly before joining the EU and their economy is steadily getting better so some places are lower than in recent years.

I think you need to travel more in the US if you think EU is doing badly. In fact the US figures for unemployment is 8.9%. So while more people in the EU are unemployed the population is bigger, almost 500 million souls, and the number of people registered as working constitutes and bigger part of the population.

US
Population: 306,412,334
Unemployed: 13,700,000
Rate: 8.9% meaning US workforce = 153,932,584

EU (25 countries)
Population: 499,673,325
Unemployed: 20,000,000
Rate: 8.4% meaning EU workforce = 238,095,238

Looks to me like either a lot of US people are to lazy to work or there are a lot of folks not registered as unemployed!

(Source: BLS and Eurostat)

PS. Who do you think makes the stuff sold in US stores? It's China!


By BZDTemp on 5/12/2009 1:20:09 PM , Rating: 2
Dooh - seems something is wrong with my math today.


RE: Hit the EU where it hurts-job losses
By crystal clear on 5/12/2009 7:35:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think you need to travel more in the US if you think EU is doing badly.


Nobody denies that the situation in the USA is any better than the E.U.-its the same there.

The fact remains that the focus is on job creations through investment & not stimulus packages directed to infrastructore project like building/repairing roads etc.

Nobody denies that even in the USA its "made in China" .

The fact remains the USA has been exporting jobs to India & China & importing their finished products.

Its not that people in the USA are lazy & dont want to work, but companies in the USA are doing the damage by exporting jobs.

The ever greedy executives at highest level in these companies need to cut cost to afford themselves huge salaries/perks & bonuses.

So as in the USA even in the EU every job lost is damage done.


RE: Hit the EU where it hurts-job losses
By BZDTemp on 5/13/2009 7:05:28 AM , Rating: 2
I think we are debating two issues here.

1. The crisis which has much to do with most of us spending a little more than we should and saving to little. Plus the whole investment based on super optimistic predictions which have facilitated by big financial institutions and helped along on a big part the whole Bush no-regulation policy. The little saving most of us have done means the problems are worse then they could have been.

2. Jobs going to India, China, eastern Europe and other places. Yes that has meant some jobs lost but it has also meant jobs created. With the physical production so cheap it has enabled us to focus on knowledge and services to a much higher degree. The real problem in this is the move from one type of jobs to another has happened so quick many people are struggling to keep up. You see this in that areas in the US and EU which used to be industrial production centers are hit hard by this while other areas where focus is knowledge creation are doing okay and maybe even blooming e.g. computers, medicine, biochemistry is the place to be.


By crystal clear on 5/13/2009 8:55:42 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The real problem in this is the move from one type of jobs to another has happened so quick many people are struggling to keep up.


You indentified the problem correctly plus it hit people so hard that it will take a long time for them to recover.

quote:
while other areas where focus is knowledge creation are doing okay and maybe even blooming e.g. computers, medicine, biochemistry is the place to be.


Yes the percentage of the population in the USA & EU involved in knowledge creation is very small compared to those involved in industrial production-(the majority of the population).

Jobs lost are lost forever.....

Knowledge creation is NOT so simple as it sounds it requires atleast 2 university degrees in the specific area like you mentioned.

To achieve 2 degrees means atleast 6 years or more at the minimum (depending what & where) & very EXPENSIVE.

Dont expect the majority of the population in their early or late 30s & 40s to do that.

Conclusion- You need protectionism of acceptable levels to ensure smooth (gradual & phased) transition from industrial production to knowledge creations.

That whats it is all about protecting JOBS...

Like somebody I know in a cyclone hit area said to me-

It took just a minute to destroy my house which will take a year to rebuild it.........



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