Despite the fact that optical drives are probably on the way out, the European Commission has announced that it suspects thirteen manufacturers of being involved in a five-year bid-rigging cartel in an attempt to keep prices artificially elevated.
The European Commission is the latest governing body to jump on the Google antitrust dogpile. According to the FT, it's about to serve Google with a 400-page statement of objections, containing a litany of by-now familiar complaints.
In the largest trust-busting fining in EU history—about twice as severe as the infamous Microsoft antitrust ruling of 2004 and a hair worse than the ensuing $1.44 billion penalty for noncompliance—Intel has been ordered to pay $1.45 billion by European Commission regulators. What the hell did they do?
The European Commission is investigating Apple and its good buddy EMI, along with the rest of the Big Four (Sony BMG, Universal and Warner) for antitrust violations because iTunes charges different prices in different countries. British folk, for instance, apparently get a sweet €0.17 discount per track for not living…