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[NYT]FTC Investigates Intel over Antitrust issues

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation of Intel, the world’s largest maker of computer microprocessors, for anticompetitive conduct, government officials and lawyers involved in the proceeding said Friday.


The officials and lawyers said that in recent days Intel, its smaller rival Advanced Micro Devices, and several of the world’s largest personal computer makers that buy semiconductors from the two companies have begun to receive subpoenas from the commission.


The investigation into accusations that Intel’s pricing policies have been designed to maintain a near-monopoly on the microprocessor market was authorized by William E. Kovacic, the new chairman of the trade commission, and has the support of the agency’s other commissioners.


It reversed a decision by his predecessor, Deborah P. Majoras, who had been blocking the formal inquiry for many months, frustrating other senior commission officials and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
New York Times via Slashdot.

Just as some context, Intel has been already found guilty in antitrust investigations in Japan and South Korea, and is under antitrust investigation in the EU.
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post #2 of 37
hmmm, more fuel for the fire.


edit: Kinda interesting. Considering the fines levied on them so far have been small. What is it going to be if found responsible and you add all the fines together?
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Previously the US said there wasn't enough proof to warrant in investigation... even though several countries already found them guilty.

What happened, Intel didn't bribe enough people J/K
    
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If Intel does get busted, all it's going to do is force Intel to dominate AMD legally this time. Nehalem's gonna rape K10 whether Intel sells it legally or not...
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If Intel does get busted, all it's going to do is force Intel to dominate AMD legally this time. Nehalem's gonna rape K10 whether Intel sells it legally or not...
And what is wrong with forcing Intel to do this? I for one would be very happy if Intel's (or any company) dominance is solely because of a superior product.
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So now the truth really comes out. It wasn't that the FTC wasn't interested, it was that the FTC chief was blocking the investigation.

So how many Intel fans will continue to cry about the EU and other countries fining Intel if the US fines them too?

Personally, if a company commits a violation of anti-trust laws, the money they're fined should go to the companies they're competing against, not to the government. It never goes back to the people but at least if you give it back to the competing company you're REALLY sending a message to that violating company.
    
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Previously the US said there wasn't enough proof to warrant in investigation... even though several countries already found them guilty.

What happened, Intel didn't bribe enough people J/K
"Found guilty in other countries" doesn't really mean much, as accusations and conjecture alone warrant a guilty verdict... If there had ever been any solid proof to back the claims that OEMs procured massive "rebates for exclusivity" they would have been leaked to the WWW

Coincidentally
one of the major backers of this new investigation happens to be Senator Charles Schumer of NY. I wonder if AMD told him about their new "fab lite" strategy, perhaps he believes they still intend to build a new fab there.

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Personally, if a company commits a violation of anti-trust laws, the money they're fined should go to the companies they're competing against, not to the government. It never goes back to the people but at least if you give it back to the competing company you're REALLY sending a message to that violating company.
But that's just it... The fines are never really intended to benefit the company that had been "hurt" by "monopolistic" activities.
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"Found guilty in other countries" doesn't really mean much, as accusations and conjecture alone warrant a guilty verdict... If there had ever been any solid proof to back the claims that OEMs procured massive "rebates for exclusivity" they would have been leaked to the WWW


I'm willing to bet that you aren't a lawyer, didn't follow those international cases at all and are talking out of your a$$ just for the sake of talking.

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one of the major backers of this new investigation happens to be Senator Charles Schumer of NY. I wonder if AMD told him about their new "fab lite" strategy, perhaps he believes they still intend to build a new fab there.
Who cares who backs the ability to investigate. It's what the Investigation turns up that matters.


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But that's just it... The fines are never really intended to benefit the company that had been "hurt" by "monopolistic" activities.
I know this, which is the flaw of the anti-trust laws. I'd imagine that every single company that has violated anti-trust laws KNEW they'd get caught at some point but determined that crushing their competition or getting lightyears ahead of them would be worth the fines because even after the fines, the competing company would still be too crippled to do much.
    
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I still don't understand why the OEMs don't get a nice hard slap on the wrist too. They knew what Intel was doing was illegal.
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Anyone that don't accept the reality Intel got caught...
Why even bother wasting the fonts on this!

Hmmm, Japan, Korea and the EU must all be STUPID and dreaming up all the same fallacies! Who would of thought it!

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I still don't understand why the OEMs don't get a nice hard slap on the wrist too. They knew what Intel was doing was illegal.
Good point!
    
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