Europe's top court Thursday threw out an appeal by France Telecom against a 2003 European Commission antitrust ruling that found the company guilty of monopoly abuse in the market for Internet access.
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Suspicious phone conversations on Skype could be targeted for tapping as part of a pan-European crackdown on what law authorities believe is a massive technical loophole in current wiretapping laws, allowing criminals to communicate without fear of being overheard by the police.
Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices has accused Intel of deliberately stalling a European Union antitrust investigation through Intel's appeal to Europe's second highest court in October, a senior AMD executive said Wednesday.
European telecommunications ministers gave their backing on Thursday to a plan to cap retail prices for sending SMS (Short Message Service) text messages and browsing the Internet using mobile phones while abroad.
European Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding won glowing praise for her vision of the Internet 3.0 Monday from Vint Cerf, one of the creators of the Web and now Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist.
Having slashed the price consumers pay for calling on their mobile phones while abroad, the European Commission showed on Tuesday how it plans to do the same thing to the price for sending texts and downloading material from the Internet while abroad.
The European Commission Thursday sent Intel a new set of antitrust charges, the second such charge list within a year, Europe's top regulator said in a statement.
The European Commission is about to slap new antitrust charges on Intel, this time for trying to squeeze rival chip maker Advanced Micro Devices out of some of Europe's most important technology retail stores, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The European Commission fined Microsoft a massive €899 million (US$1.3 billion) for continued failure to honour the 2004 antitrust ruling against it, Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes said on Wednesday.
The European Commission has sketched out guidelines designed to help get RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies up and running in the European Union, but stopped short of proposing formal legislation in the area.
Microsoft has decided not to appeal last month's appeal ruling against it from the Court of First Instance (CFI) and has finally agreed to comply with the European Commission's 2004 antitrust ruling that sparked the company's appeal.
Microsoft suffered a humiliating legal defeat on Monday when it lost a court appeal to overturn the European Commission's 2004 antitrust ruling against it.
Microsoft Corp. failed Monday in its bid to overturn a European Commission antitrust ruling against it, when the European Union's second highest court dismissed the company's appeal and ordered it to pay the bulk of the Commission's legal expenses.
As Microsoft gears up for the consumer launch of Vista, rivals slammed the new product, claiming that it breaks the very same European antitrust laws that its operating-system predecessor, XP, fell foul of in 2004, and that it will be riddled with bugs.
European Commission antitrust officials investigating computer chip maker Intel presented what they believe is a watertight argument for prosecuting the firm to an internal panel of so-called devil's advocates on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the investigation.