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Apple launches $1 299 aluminium notebook

Apple on Tuesday cut the price on its entry-level notebook computer to and introduced a line of aluminium-clad machines starting at  299.

UK agency says Microsoft hurts student interests

A British government agency has told the European Commission that Microsoft Office works poorly with rival software used in British schools. Programs must meet the same standards to work together but the British agency said Microsoft offers only its own ''open standard'' rather than effective support for Open Document Format.

Microsoft finally bows to EU antitrust measures

Microsoft ended three years of resistance on Monday and finally agreed to comply with a landmark 2004 antitrust decision by the European Commission. The defeated software giant announced it would not appeal against a decisive European Union court ruling two months ago that backed the commission.

EU says Intel tried to squeeze out AMD

The European Union's top antitrust regulator has charged that Intel tried to use its huge market share to push smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) out of the central processing unit business. The two companies make all the chips at the processing heart of the world's personal computers and servers, but Intel has about 80% of the business.

EU poised to make Ryanair sell Aer Lingus stock

The European Commission has laid the legal groundwork to force Ryanair to sell some or all of its one-quarter holding in Aer Lingus if the European Union turns down its takeover bid. People familiar with the statement of objections say it concludes that Ryanair would lock up the Irish air market if it acquired the partly state-owned peer.

EU stance, fine prompt movement by Microsoft

The European Commission is due to fine Microsoft on Wednesday as part of a hard-line approach towards getting the software giant to comply with antitrust sanctions that appears to be bearing fruit. The extent of Microsoft's new-found cooperation in the face of a penalty that is likely to reach hundreds of millions of euros is impressing even the Americans, until now highly critical of Brussels' approach.

De Beers gets EU backing for diamond sale overhaul

The European Commission on Monday approved a plan by De Beers to overhaul its distribution system of more than -billion of rough diamonds a year to help drive demand for the precious stones.

EU set to clear De Beers distribution plan

A plan by diamond giant De Beers to overhaul its distribution system is likely to win approval soon from the European Commission, a source familiar with the situation said this week.

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