September 4, 1998 |
Microsoft Corp. attorneys argued yesterday that a government proposal to broaden the scope of its landmark antitrust case against the company was unfair and should be rejected. If the case is expanded, they said, they might require extra months to prepare a defense. Federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said at a hearing that he would decide on the Microsoft request next week. He also ordered the software giant to comply with the government's request for internal company documents that relate to the disputed expansion of the case.
December 8, 2005 |
As Microsoft Corp. was punished by South Korea yesterday for breaching antitrust rules, the company announced it would nearly double its workforce in India over the next four years, investing $1.7 billion and adding 3,000 jobs in a vote of confidence in one of the world's fastest-growing markets. The Korea Fair Trade Commission ordered the company to sell multiple versions of its Windows operating system and pay a $32 million fine. Microsoft will appeal, said company attorney Tom Burt.
October 16, 2003 |
"I want to keep the information superhighway from resembling a red-light district. " That was Jim Exon, then Democratic senator from Nebraska, speaking before Congress in 1995. He had just introduced the Communications Decency Act (CDA), a misguided effort to thwart pornographers and pedophiles by prohibiting indecent speech on the Internet. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the CDA, finding that it violated the First Amendment. In the years since, we've learned some things about the Internet.
October 10, 2001 |
The Supreme Court rejected Microsoft Corp.'s appeal of its antitrust case yesterday, clearing the way for the company and the government to try to settle the case. Microsoft sought a new trial, contending that U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's comments to reporters created an appearance of bias that infected the case. An appeals court removed Jackson and overturned part of his order - to split the No. 1 software-maker into two companies - but it upheld his finding that Microsoft had broken antitrust law and thus thwarted competition.
November 10, 1999 |
A federal judge has made it official: Microsoft is a monopoly, a two-ton bully that squashes competitors and cheats consumers. Still, no matter how much the government lawyers crow or Bill Gates complains, the fact is that the real future of the software industry is already being decided entirely outside the court system, in a technological marketplace too fast-moving and too accepting of good new ideas to be artificially held in check. In his findings of fact issued on Friday, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson concluded that Microsoft had hindered technological creativity - that its attempts to protect the profits from its core products would prevent innovations that would benefit consumers.
December 27, 1997
There must be some moments in Bill Gates' rich life when he wonders whether Janet Reno has a voodoo doll with his face on it. How else to explain the number of people lining up to stick it to him and Windows, his software package that runs almost 95 percent of personal computers sold in America? From the Justice Department to a group of state attorneys general, Microsoft has been collecting as many critics in government as it has in the computer industry. Microsoft has started making some forays into the political world of Washington and will no doubt start spreading its largess to curry favor.
April 9, 1999 |
Microsoft Corp. has filed suit against nine companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, accusing them of selling or installing counterfeit or unlicensed software. Four Pennsylvania companies were named: L&M Computers in Philadelphia, R30 Computers in Berwyn, Camera Sound in Berwyn, and SWM Systems in Denver, Lancaster County. The New Jersey companies named were Laser Computer & Networking Inc. in Pemberton and Griggs Communications in Northfield. The suits were filed in U.S. District Court in the three states.
May 3, 2000 |
If you've doubted whether Microsoft is a monopoly that needs to be broken up, consider this previously unreported fact: Microsoft's after-tax return on invested capital, the best measure of a firm's profitability, was a stunning 88 percent last year. This means Microsoft was 13 times more profitable than other major U.S. corporations. That's the headline from a "friend of the court" brief just filed by four top economists led by Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution, which adds that "this is the most impressive ... demonstration of the economic returns to monopoly that we have ever seen.
October 19, 1987 |
Talk about revenge of the nerds. Bill Gates, looking every bit of his 31 years, just shrugged off the question about his loss, on paper, of $126.5 million in Friday's stock market swoon and turned the talk to other topics. He was in town Saturday to introduce a new piece of computer software created by his company, Microsoft Inc., and his mind was clearly more on that mission than on any nine-figure hits to his personal balance sheet. "Hey," he said, focusing his eyes somewhere out in space, as he frequently does, "I own 40 percent of the company, and I know what that's worth better than the market does.
April 9, 2000 |
The emperor may have no clothes, but he is still the emperor. And so last week, just two days after a federal judge ruled that Microsoft had illegally undercut its rivals, ruthlessly squashed competition, and thrown up roadblocks to innovations that would have broadened consumers' choices, chairman Bill Gates boldly turned up at the White House to play out his starring role in a presidential conference on technology and the world economy....