Archive for February 27, 2008

EU Slaps $1.3 Billion Fine on Microsoft

Posted: February 27, 2008 in Tech

The European Union (EU) fines Microsoft $1.35 billion for not complying with a 2004 antitrust order and for its tardiness in making operating systems more accessible to competitors.

The case dates back to 2004 when the Commission ruled after a five-year probe that Microsoft had abused its share of the market for operating systems running personal computers thanks to its Windows program.

In particular, it accused Microsoft of using its stranglehold on PC operating systems to elbow rivals out of the more competitive markets for media players that play music and videos, and operating systems running back-office servers.

A Google ‘Recession’

Posted: February 27, 2008 in Tech

Google’s stock is down almost 40% from its all-time high recorded last November, wiping about $80 billion from the firm’s market capitalization.

Reports suggest that Google’s paid clicks advertising model may be on the decline.

Google shares traded for $452.15 early Tuesday, down about 7% or $34 from Monday. The stock is down about 39.5% from its all-time high of $747.24, which was hit on November 6, 2007.

Apple updated its popular MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook lines with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models. In addition, MacBook Pro includes the latest NVIDIA graphics processors, now with up to 512MB of video memory, and Apple’s innovative Multi-Touch trackpad, first introduced in MacBook Air.

All Mac notebooks include a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain and built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.

Network Solutions is facing a class-action lawsuit which claims that the company unfairly profit by forcing customers to buy domains from them for high prices compared to rival domain sellers.

This lawsuit is related to their recently implemented policy which sees them reserving a domain which is searched by a user on their website.