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14:49 ET INDIAN GOVT WITHDRAWS STATEMENT ON ACTION AGAINST MICROSOFT


NEW DELHI, Aug 14, 2000 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- In a curious development, the overnment withdrew a statement on action against global software giant Microsoft for alleged unfair trade practices in India, a charge contested by the company.

A late evening official release issued by Press Information Bureau (PIB) Saturday said "the handout titled Microsoft Corporation (India) faces charges of Monopolistic and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (MRTPC) issued earlier today (on Friday) is hereby withdrawn as cancelled".

"The inconvenience caused is regretted", the release said hours after Microsoft representatives and its lawyers met the Director General of Investigations and Registration (DGIR) of MRTPC and contested a charge that the software giant was facing charges of the Commission.

Earlier in the day a PIB release had said that DGIR of MRTPC has recommended action against Microsoft Corporation (India) following a preliminary investigation report.

The release did not name the complainant, who had made allegations of restrictive trade practises against the company.

Meanwhile, the DGIR in its monthly report for July had informed Law Ministry that its investigation revealed that the Indian company did not enter into any agreement with the buyers of the software and imposed restrictions in terms of End User Licence Agreement (EULA).

"The software products of the US company had been pleaded as `intellectual properties' and not the products simplicitor," the PIB release in the morning had said.

Microsoft in a statement said the PIB story was factually incorrect.

It said a company delegation in the afternoon met the DGIR who was quoted as saying that the report of his recommending action by MRTPC against Microsoft Corp India was "false and factually incorrect".

The controversy had broken out significantly ahead of Microsoft chief Bill Gates' visit to India in September.

(PTI)





(C) 2000 Asia Pulse Pte Ltd


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INDUSTRY KEYWORD: Computers/IT
                  Regulations / Law


17:19 ET WRAP: BROADCOM TO BUY NEWPORT COMMUNICATIONS FOR $1.24 BILLION
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17:19 ET AMD UNDERCUTS INTEL WITH LATEST CHIP PRICES
Aug 14, 2000 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. finally agreed to reduce the price of its 1-GHz Athlon microprocessors, introducing its 1.1-GHz Athlon in the process. Full Story

17:19 ET NO STRIDES IN VERIZON STRIKE
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17:19 ET IBM ADDS LINUX TO THIN-CLIENT COMPUTERS
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17:19 ET TAIWAN'S CHIP-DESIGN HOUSES SET UP SHOP IN JAPAN
Aug 14, 2000 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Faraday Technology Corp. and two other Taiwanese chip-design houses are planning to establish offices in Japan to garner business from the world's second-largest semiconductor manufacturing market. Full Story

14:49 ET CA'S FATE RESTS IN KUMAR'S HANDS
Aug 14, 2000 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- Computer Associates president and chief operating officer Sanjay Kumar sensed this meeting was unlike any of the regular breakfast or lunch meetings he had held over the years with CA founder, chairman, and CEO Charles Wang. Full Story

14:49 ET CHINA TO FOCUS ON SOFTWARE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
BEIJING, Aug 14, 2000 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- China will take measures to accelerate the development of its software industry over the next five years, said an official of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Full Story




 
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