John Paczkowski

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Intel Wins Key Antitrust Ruling

Intel has won a crucial victory in a lawsuit claiming that consumers were harmed by the improper discounts it allegedly used to discourage PC makers from buying chips from its rivals. Late Thursday, a court-appointed “special master” recommended that the judge presiding over the case deny it class-action status, saying essentially that if consumers were overcharged as a result of Intel’s alleged tactics, it wasn’t Intel’s fault. PC makers could have passed on the cost savings of Intel’s discounted prices if they’d chosen to.

Welcome news for Intel (INTC), which has long insisted there is nothing wrong with its business practices. “Consumers, as well as computer manufacturers, have benefited from Intel’s price discounts,” said spokesman Chuck Mulloy. “When Intel’s competitors offer lower prices, Intel responds with its own discounts that lower Intel’s prices, just as any competitive company would.”

For their part, the plaintiffs in the case plan to press on. “We strongly disagree with the recommendations made in the report as it ignores charges made by several regulatory bodies,” said attorney Steve Berman. “We plan to continue to prove our case to the court.”

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik