Tuesday, September 18, 2007

'Microsoft must obey legal duties'

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:57:25
Sources: Agencies
Microsoft urged to cut market share.

The EU competition commissioner has warned Microsoft to comply with its legal duties to desist from engaging in anti-competitive ways.

Neelie Kroes, who took on the case from former Commissioner Mario Monti, said that she expects Microsoft to cut its dominant market share to comply with a 2004 European Commission anti-trust ruling.

The warning came hours after the European Court of First Instance, Europe's second-highest court, upheld most of the European Commission's ruling against Microsoft, including a record fine of 497 million Euros, ($690 million).

The Luxembourg-based court confirmed that Microsoft had used its massive share in operating systems in personal computers to crush rivals in other linked markets.

"The court has upheld a landmark commission decision to give consumers more choice in software markets. The decision sets an important precedent in terms of the obligations of dominant companies to allow competition, in particular, high tech industries," Kroes said.

She noted the court ruling shows that the commission was right in taking its decision.

Kroes vowed to make certain that the US software giant would respect the Commission's decision, saying "The commission will do its utmost to ensure that Microsoft complies swiftly.''

Monday, September 3, 2007

Google Sky launched

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 07:50:08
Source: Agencies
Google Sky allows internet users to view galaxies.

Google has launched 'Google Sky' enabling amateur star-gazers to view imagery sent by the Hubble Space Telescope from their PCs.

Packed with 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies, the new feature was a serious undertaking. The Google Earth Sky feature contains seven informative layers, including constellations, backyard astronomy showing objects within easy optical reach, Hubble imagery, the moon, planets, galaxies, and even "Life of a Star" tour.

Sky is not the first time Google has ventured into space. In March 2006, the company launched Google Mars which allows users to explore the surface of the Red Planet.

Another service, Google Moon, lets users view the sites of the Apollo moon landings. Both services use data from the US Space Agency NASA, with which Google signed an agreement in December 200