Global Dispatches

Intel Fined in Antitrust Case

SEOUL — The Korea Fair Trade Commission last week fined Intel Corp. 26 billion won ($25.4 million U.S.) after concluding that the chip maker abused its dominant position in the microprocessor market.

The trade commission said that Intel's practice of offering rebates to South Korean computer makers if they agreed not to buy chips from rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. violated the country's fair trade rules.

Bruce Sewell, Intel's general counsel, said the company disagrees with the ruling and contended that the commission didn't give full consideration to the evidence Intel presented.

The findings are expected to be published in 30 to 60 days. At that point, Intel will have 30 days to review them and appeal the ruling to the high court in Seoul.

— Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service

India, Brazil File OOXML Appeals

GENEVA — India and Brazil late last month appealed the adoption of Microsoft Corp.'s Office Open XML document format as an ISO standard.

Their appeals join one filed days earlier by South Africa. All were submitted to the ISO standards body and the International Electrotechnical Commission, both based here. The two groups jointly approved the Open XML standard this spring.

"By the deadline, we had received three appeals, from Brazil, India and South Africa," said Jonathan Buck, a spokesman for the IEC.

— Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

The European Commission is testing cross-border electronic identity systems in an effort to create pan-European recognition of the 30 million national ID cards now used in 13 member countries. The three-year, €10 million ($15.4 million U.S.) project is being overseen by the U.K. Identity & Passport Service and Government Gateway Web portal.

— Computerworld U.K. staff

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