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Submission + - EU court crushes Microsoft's antitrust appeal

Stony Stevenson writes: European antitrust regulators have won a historic victory over Microsoft when an EU court upheld the European Commission's 2004 ruling that the U.S. software giant abused its market dominance. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed Microsoft's appeal on all substantive points, but threw the company a small bone by reversing the Commission on the creation and funding of a monitoring trustee to ensure implementation of one of the remedies.

In a crucial finding backing the Commission's order that Microsoft change its business practices, the court said the company was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. In a revealing detail, the judges ordered Microsoft to pay most of the costs including some of its business rivals' which had supported the Commission's case.
Privacy

Submission + - UK rolls out talking CCTV cameras

peterprior writes: "The BBC reports that talking CCTV cameras are being rolled out at 20 sites across the UK allowing control centre staff to "tell off people dropping litter or committing anti-social behaviour". The article quotes opponent and campaigner Steve Hills as saying "Apart from being absurd, I think it's rather sad that we should have faceless cameras barking at us on orders from who? Who sets these cameras up?"."

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