Items tagged with Fine

There's being late, and then there's this. Intel has just appealed a record-setting $1.45 billion antitrust fine that it was hit with a little while back. And when we say "little while," we mean "2009." Three years later, the company is fighting back. Over in Europe, the company recently bucked back in a bid to have the fine overturned. The story is this: the European Commission nailed Intel in '09 for "hindering AMD" after an 8-year investigation. It was the biggest fine ever placed on a single company, and now a panel of five judges at the General Court in Luxembourg will hear arguments from... Read more...
Micron, Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, NEC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Elpida and Nanya. Ten companies, some of which you have definitely heard of before, all of which are being hit with some very bad news this week from the European Union. The European Commission branch this week handed down their first settlement in an ongoing investigation into cartel-like activities between these parties, which purportedly helped to "fix prices" in order to keep DRAM prices artificially high. This isn't completely unusual. We have also seen big-name companies in the LCD world hit with similar fines, and the EU... Read more...
We know it's just semantics, but evidently AMD billed Intel with NET30 terms, because just under a month after Intel decided to cough up a whopping $1.25 billion in order to put an end to the lingering (and costly) litigation between the two regarding antitrust claims and IP disputes, Intel has delivered. AMD just received one of the biggest checks that have probably ever arrived at its mailstop, with a cool $1.25 billion moving out of Intel's coffers and into AMD's piggy bank. According to the release, the payment "settles monetary terms regarding an agreement over a number of antitrust patent... Read more...
Pro-choice advocates and IE haters alike have been pushing to get Microsoft's own Internet browser exempted from instances of Windows for years now. Many argue that it's a violation of anti-trust principles, suggesting that there's really no choice of browser when you buy a copy of Windows. Never mind that Apple does the same thing with its OS X systems by including its own Safari, but we digress. Particularly across the pond, Microsoft has caught an extraordinary amount of flack--so much, in fact, that it seems Microsoft is caving and changing its stance  on the matter. European Union regulators... Read more...
And the fines just keep on coming. Shortly after Intel was dealt a staggering $1.45 billion fine for alleged antitrust practices against the likes of AMD, Microsoft is now facing a slightly less painful $200 million payment to software ware i4i Ltd. This week, a Texas federal jury ordered Microsoft to pay the aforementioned Canadian outfit nearly a quarter-billion dollars for damages for infringing a patent.Those familiar with such matters will recognize that Texas, particularly Marshall, is somewhat of a patent troll haven, but obviously things worked out for the relatively unknown outfit. Of... Read more...
Boy, those suits in the European Union sure know how to dish out the fines. Just over a year after the EU ordered Microsoft to pay fines totaling $1.3 billion for withholding critical information from developers, the same entity has come forward and slapped Intel with a record-setting fine of $1.45 billion. Talk about unceremonious record breaking!The report states that Intel has been found guilty of "offering improper rebates and other discounts to discourage companies from buying microprocessors from its smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices," and clearly European regulators don't take too kindly... Read more...
You know, Mark Cuban has an excellent point: Twitter may not have a business model just yet, but it can no longer say that no one's making money from it. Over the weekend, the eccentric and outspoken Dallas Mavericks owners (not to mention a media mogul in his free time) decided to lash out once more against NBA referees. Not that lashing out is anything new for Cuban, as he's been fined around $1.5 million in total and suspended from three games -- and that was from his 14 previous fines!Shortly after a 103-101 defeat by the Denver Nuggets, Mark fired up Twitter, logged on and penned the following:... Read more...
ASUS Redefines Portable Gaming with its new 15.4” G50V Gaming Notebook  -- Top-Notch performance and exclusive ASUS features make for an unbeatable mobile gaming platform --  Fremont, California (September 8, 2008) – ASUS, a world leader in notebook design and the fastest growing notebook brand, today announced the latest addition to the coveted Republic of Gamers line of high-performance products – the G50V gaming notebook. Based on Intel’s latest Centrino 2 mobile platform, the G50V is loaded with killer features, the latest NVIDIA discrete graphics, 4GB of RAM and dual hard drives... Read more...
Microsoft has been ordered to pay a series of fines totaling $1.3 billion for withholding critical information from developers.  Because Microsoft controlled the operating system, the EU feels that Microsoft's attempts to charge money for access to information regarding its APIs was tantamount to abuse of their industry leading position.“EU regulators said the company charged "unreasonable prices" until last October to software developers who wanted to make products compatible with the Windows desktop operating system.”While Microsoft has been fighting this issue for three years now, the company... Read more...
You can bet Merriam-Webster wasn't consulted on this redefinition.Up to now, the way any online news publisher got one of its articles publicized through the Digg social service is by hoping enough people were interested in it to vote in favor of moving it up the Digg scale -- of giving it enough "Diggs." Starting today, however, that changes: The secret to a heavy publicity on the Digg service won't be having enough people, but having the right kind of people. And how Digg determines the right kind has already become a subject of controversy among its community. This morning, Digg founder and... Read more...
We just can't get enough of the recent story about the RIAA's recent victory over Janie Thomas of Minnesota, and we know you can't either.  It had everything from a defendant that told different and mutually exclusive stories while under oath (albeit she did so at seperate trials) to a rare-as-hen's-teeth guilty verdict in favor of the RIAA resulting a $220,000 fine that Thomas plans to appeal after saying she was going to pay it all by herself without asking for help.Now we're hearing that the $220,000 victory could have been a $3.6 million victory if two jurors had gotten their way. ... Read more...
Asetek Redefines Liquid Cooling with Solution Integrated into HP Blackbird 002 Gaming PC Broenderslev, Denmark, September 6, 2007 – Asetek, the market leader of thermal management solutions for semiconductors, is proud to announce the first ever OEM adopted CPU and GPU integrated liquid cooling solution for the HP Blackbird 002 gaming PC – the ultimate gaming machine designed for extreme performance and upgradeability. Asetek engaged with the HP gaming team at a very early stage in the design process and helped develop the thermal management solution... Read more...
Sweden has convicted its first 'pirate' since the country made the downloading of music and movie files illegal in 2005.  45-year-old Jimmy Sjostrom was charged last October with infringing upon intellectual property rights when he allowed four music files to be shared from his computer. The penalty, a fine of a whopping 20,000 Swedish crowns ($2,843), is being seen by the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as a victory in their war against file-sharing. The verdict only concerns four songs and it costs the one sentenced about 20,000... Read more...
VIA Defines Pico-ITX Form Factor, the World's Smallest x86 Mainboard Tiny 10cm x 7.2cm complete PC platform fits into palm of hand, more than 75% smaller than the Mini-ITX, embodies VIA's "Small is Beautiful" strategy to inspire x86 system innovation Taipei, Taiwan, 19 April 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA VT6047 Pico-ITX form factor reference design, the smallest full-featured x86 mainboard in the industry designed for a new world... Read more...
1 2 Next