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 Dec 16, 2009 - 10:59 AM - by Michael
* Intel Gets Smacked

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The FTC has formally charged Intel in court with a set of anticompetitive practices:

The commission says Intel (INTC, Fortune 500) has acted to keep rivals from competing with the company in the semiconductor marketplace. The chipmaker allegedly threatened the biggest computer companies like Dell (DELL, Fortune 500), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Fortune 500) and IBM (IBM, Fortune 500) to coerce them not to install rivals' microchips in their PCs. Intel then manipulated its costs to price out competition, according to the complaint.

The FTC also says that Intel made software that was deliberately designed to function better on a computer running an Intel processor rather than a competitor's. The FTC said competitors had superior products but Intel stifled its competition by using illegal methods.
Evidence in the cast - most notably records from the threatened vendors - is pretty damning.

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