Judge Mostly Approves Microsoft-DOJ Settlement in Antitrust Case
Friday November 1st, 2002
United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has issued her opinions in the Microsoft antitrust case. The ruling covers both Microsoft's settlement with the US Department of Justice and also the harsher remedies sought by the nine non-settling states. Slashdot has links to relevant documents in PDF format. From what we understand, Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the Microsoft-DOJ settlement is in the public interest and recommended only a few changes. Most of the non-settling states' concerns have been rejected. Slashdot sums up the judgement as "a massive win for Microsoft." More stories at CNET News.com and WinInfo.
ANOTHER UPDATE! The Register has a story on the ruling and an analysis piece that concludes that the settlement has too many loopholes to be effective. The New York Times also has a report and analysis (both articles require free registration). Finally, CNET News.com has expanded its coverage of the ruling and Computerworld has a report with a variety of quotes.
#10 Do AOL users matter? I'm leaning toward a "yes"
Saturday November 2nd, 2002 1:51 PM
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Last time I looked (nearly a year ago and I don't have links to back this up but so what. i think it was all on c|net) AOL was about 6% of the worldwide online audience. But that's not the interesting figure. The interesting figure was that it was about 25% of the US market where about 70% of ecommerce takes place. That makes AOL users a huge chunk of the online purchasers accounting for something like $10 billion in holiday quarterly sales and that means that web authors who hope to make money will have to take AOL users into consideration when they write web pages.
These figures could be somewhat off and they're definitely not current but the general picture, if my memory serves me well, should point out that AOL users are an important group.