Technology titans are always a step ahead of the archaic anti-competition laws that govern even developed countries. Such laws are mostly anachronistic relative to the fast-moving world of innovation, and anti-trust regulators are spending huge amounts of time and money trying to chase their own tails. So they have decided the best thing to do is wave a big stick, with carrots quickly following. In the case of Intel, the US federal trade commission is trying to do everyone a favour, as it attempts to prevent Intel from using its market dominance to kill off competition in video graphics chips from rivals such as Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices. Meanwhile, as a measure of how to go about this, EU anti-trust regulators have dropped a case against Microsoft after Bill Gates’ company said it would offer consumers a choice of rival Web browsers. That has saved regulators and Microsoft a lot of time and money, but the biggest benefit is for millions of consumers who get some choice in the software market. Read more: The New York Times, The New York Times
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