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February 27, 2008

Fined!

by @ 8:21 am. Filed under Current Events, Technology

Did you ever get a speeding ticket? The fine”s” hurt the wallet don’t they? Did you ever make a payment just a tad to late then get whacked for extra bucks? Drives ya nuts, uh? You just want to kick yourself, don’t you? Well, cheer up; you won’t think these fines are that bad once you hear this…Microsoft was just fined 899 million Euros. That’s $1.35 billion American dollars. Whaaaaaaat!? Who fined Bill Gate’s meglomonopolyousconglomerate company that much? The European Competition Commission blasted the whopping fine on Microsoft today. What the heck did poor Bill do to get a fine like that? Let me quote from Forbes.com “It relates to the unreasonable prices the Commission is claiming Microsoft charged…other software developers for access to documents that explained how they could create software that interfaced with Microsoft servers”. In other words…Microsoft was working hard, really hard to shut down other software companies other than its own. Bad Bill! This fight has been going on between the ECC and Microsoft since 2004. They’ll probably appeal it…no it looks like the trannosaurusgrandegiantic company is going to fork the money over…after all what’s $1.35 billion to a company with an annual revenue of $51.12 billion and an estimated total worth of over $300 billion.

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