Daily Archives: May 13, 2009

The FT’s Lex column suggests that while the European Commission may have levied a record fine against Intel, the penalty will not affect Intel’s dominance, or give AMD a new lease on life.

With about 70 per cent of the market for microprocessors – the central engine of every computer – Intel benefits from a self-reinforcing scale advantage that allows it to outspend AMD on research and development by more than four to one.

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Ebay logoDespite the €1bn fine handed to Intel by the European Commission, it wasn’t all bad news for US tech companies in Europe on Wednesday. Ebay won a lawsuit in the French courts over sales of fake L’Oréal perfume on its auction site. A court specialised in trademark law ruled that Ebay was merely a host site for the sales of counterfeit goods and not a party to their sale. It also said Ebay, which has a $10m a year budget for fighting online crime, was doing all it could to combat fakes. Read more

Intel logoIntel has come out fighting, after being slapped with a record €1.06bn fine by the EU for anti-competitive practices. Paul Otellini, chief executive, responded almost instantly with a statement that Intel planned to appeal.

“Intel takes strong exception to this decision,” he said. So the Brussels lawyers and the computer industry can now look forward to a protracted battle before there is any sort of finality to this.

The fine is certainly enormous, dwarfing even the sums Microsoft has had to pay. However, it’s not clear how much this ruling will really change. Read more

Where should Google draw the line between satisfying your search query itself, and pointing you towards some other website that can satisfy your query?

The answer to that question could have a big impact on the bottom line of many publishers around the Web.

This issue was raised by some of the new search features that Google showed off at an event at its Mountain View headquarters on Tuesday (some of which are shown here.) Read more

  • Pirates of all sorts seem to be in the cross-hairs these days. France is set to introduce the world’s most draconian laws against internet piracy, with parliamentarians voting to give the government powers to cut off offenders’ internet access. The controversial draft law would create an agency to police illegal downloading of copyright material. The bill still has to be voted on by the Senate but is widely expected to be approved in a final vote on Wednesday.
  • Meanwhile, new findings suggest the new French laws might be better suited for the US. While the US has the lowest PC software piracy rate in the world, at 20 per cent, it has the largest dollar losses from piracy, at $9.1bn, because it is by far the world’s largest software market, according to the sixth annual BSA-IDC Global Software Piracy Study. Worldwide, “the PC software piracy rate rose for the second year in a row, from 38 per cent to 41 per cent, because PC shipments grew fastest in high-piracy countries such as China and India.”

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