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Intel's appeal to the Court of First Instance of the European Commission's monopoly abuse decision against it claims that the EC didn't prove that it hammered AMD into the ground with its discounts. According to a summary of the otherwise sealed appeal published over the weekend in the Official Journal of the European Union, Intel says that the EC made an error of law in assuming that its discounts were per se abusive simply because they were conditional. It never proved they actually foreclosed competition. It says the Commission didn't bother to do an analysis of foreclosure and didn't bother to check to see if its rebates had any "immediate, substantial, direct and foreseeable effects" in Europe. Intel claims that the EC's evidence fails to meet the required standard of proof in failing to address the fact that during 2002-2007, the time of Intel's alleged offen... (more)

Apple Shows Jury the Smoking Gun

From the outside looking in on the so-called "trial of the century" - and bearing in mind that it's only maybe halfway through - but Samsung looks royally screwed. It should have paid more attention when Google told it in 2010 that its tablets looked too much like iPads and should be made "noticeably different." Apple's got the Samsung e-mail saying so. It's also got top designers' formal evaluations telling Samsung the same thing about its phones. And better yet it's got a seemingly damning 132-page "Relative Evaluation Report" - that Apple got admitted into evidence Tuesday ... (more)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there... (more)

AWS Launches Provisioned IOPS for Its Elastic Block Store

Amazon Web Services is now offering new features for customers looking to run high-performance databases in the cloud by launching Elastic Block Store (EBS) Provisioned IOPS. Provisioned IOPS (input/output operations per second) are a new EBS volume type designed to deliver predictable high performance for I/O-intensive workloads, such as database applications, that rely on consistent and fast response times. With Provisioned IOPS, customers can specify both volume size and volume performance, and EBS will consistently deliver the desired performance over the lifetime of the vo... (more)

"The Fall of the Berlin Wall": Munich Chooses Linux Over Windows

(May 28, 2003) - Despite Steve Ballmer's personally campaigning for the city of Munich to utilize Microsoft's Windows XP, the city has decided to choose Linux open source software to replace its Windows operating system. Approximately 14,000 computers are affected, in a deal worth tens of millions of euros. Munich mayor Christian Ude explained, "This strategic decision makes Munich less dependent on one IT supplier and sets a trend toward more competition." SuSE chief executive Richard Seibt, whose company is bidding for the contract along with IBM, commented, "You can compare th... (more)