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[DT] Intel Undergoing Official Anti-Trust FTC Investigation

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The FTC announced Friday that it will formally examine whether Intel abused its dominant position.

Somewhere at the headquarters of AMD, there must have been a cheer that went up on Friday. After months of losing ground to Intel, employee layoffs, and under the shadow of Intel's looming Nehalem architecture, the company finally had some good news to be happy about.

It’s no small mystery that AMD these days simply seems incapable of outcompeting Intel. Intel argues that this is due to its superior products. AMD, however, has long maintained that Intel was deploying anticompetitive processes, which it says are digging it into a hole from which it cannot escape. However, despite a passionate ad campaign and lengthy discussions with antitrust officials in the U.S., AMD has seemingly had a tough time selling its idea that Intel was cheating in the microprocessor war.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which supervises free trade in the U.S., announced that it was launching a formal antitrust investigation against Intel. The stakes are high for both Intel and AMD; the total market for microprocessors racked up $225 billion in sales last year.

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It will take months before formal charges against Intel might be made, so the upcoming administration’s stance will greatly factor into the case. AMD is relying on the federal case as only one state -- New York, at the behest of attorney general Andrew M. Cuomo -- has agreed to investigate Intel on a state level. California attorney general Jerry Brown denied AMD's pleas, derisively commenting that he was "not barking at every truck that comes down the street."
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*****es don't know about my illegal practices.
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they are investigating now, but the actual trial on this has moved back to 2010.....
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they are investigating now, but the actual trial on this has moved back to 2010.....
This is actually a different case. The Intel v. AMD case trial has been moved back to 2010, but now the Federal Trade Commission is doing their own investigation to see the extent of Intel's monopolization of the microprocessor industry. What makes this unique is that previously the FTC has chosen not to investigate Intel because the anti-trust laws are different in the U.S. than they are in Europe.
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