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Tech Companies Brace for Antitrust Onslaught

By Kevin Fayle on May 18, 2009 4:31 PM

The Wall Street Journal has an article in today's edition that gives a good recap of all the recent antitrust activity and its likely meaning for the technology industry. 

The article mentions that many companies formed their government-relations strategies based on the lax enforcement of the Bush administration.  Those companies are now getting ready to adjust to the new realities of a more active Obama administration. 
Google, probably the most likely antitrust target right now, has already increased its lobbying and outreach efforts in an attempt to assuage any antitrust concerns that the administration might have over its operations.

Google might have a lot of lobbying to do.  The government has already used hints of antitrust inquiries to scuttle Google's proposed advertising deal with Yahoo! last year, and the antitrust watchdogs have already begun sniffing around the Google Books settlement and Google's relationship with Apple.

Intel has already been hit by a $1.45 billion antitrust fine from the European Union for offering its purchasers rebates for their exclusive use of Intel products.  This move came two days after Christine Varney, the head of antitrust enforcement at the Justice Department, announced the administrations new tough antitrust stance.
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