Microsoft Corp was hit with yet another antitrust lawsuit, this one accusing the software giant of illegally monopolizing the growing field of digital music and video. \nRealNetworks Inc said Thursday that Microsoft illegally tied its Windows Media Player software with copies of the ubiquitous Windows operating system, whether Windows users want Microsoft's player or not. \nThat, the lawsuit said, makes it harder for RealNetworks's own Real One software to compete, "resulting in substantial lost revenue and business for RealNetworks." \nThe charges are similar to those brought by the European Commission, which has accused Microsoft of trying to squash competing audiovisual software by including its Media Player with Windows. \nEuropean regulators are demanding Microsoft either produce a version of Windows without the Media Player or incorporate rival programs into the package. \nRealNetworks filed its lawsuit in US District Court in San Jose. Company spokesman Greg Chiemingo said many of the experts and witnesses who will testify in the case live in Silicon Valley. Microsoft's headquarters is in Redmond, Washington, near RealNetworks' in Seattle. \nMicrosoft spokesman Jim Dessler said he had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not immediately comment. \nRealNetworks said Microsoft broke the law by restricting how PC makers install competing media players with Windows, which controls more than 90 percent of personal computers. \n"We believe our business would be substantially larger today if Microsoft were playing by the rules," RealNetworks chairman and chief executive Rob Glaser said in a statement. \nBob Kimball, RealNetworks' vice president and general counsel, said the case "is based on many of the same types of Microsoft conduct that US courts have already declared to be illegal, such as failure to disclose interface information and imposing restrictions on PC makers." \nMicrosoft has tried settling several other antitrust suits filed by competitors and the federal and state governments. Still pending are lawsuits by Santa Clara-based Sun Microsystems Inc and Santa Rosa-based Burst.com. \nThose cases claimed Microsoft violated state antitrust laws and laws against unfair competition. They were filed in the wake of a 1999 federal court ruling that Microsoft abused its power to maintain its monopoly on the Windows operating system. \nMicrosoft already agreed to pay US$750 million to Time Warner Inc, which had seen an erosion in the market share of its Netscape browser as Microsoft's Internet Explorer grew. Microsoft also agreed to pay US$23.3 million to Mountain View, California-based Be Inc.
Dignitaries from 47 countries yesterday congratulated President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on the commencement of her second term and highlighted Taiwan’s achievements in democracy and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations a day earlier. As of noon yesterday, 263 high-ranking officials from 47 countries and global organizations had congratulated Tsai via statements, letters, social media posts or recorded footage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, while releasing a collection of footage sent by selected dignitaries. The governments of Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies sent their congratulations, as did the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy,
REASSURING NUMBERS: Taiwan’s test capacity ranks sixth or seventh among 91 nations, and is not low compared with other nations, Chen Shih-chung said The quarantine period for foreigners visiting Taiwan for business would vary based on the COVID-19 situation of the nation or territory that they are coming from, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday, as it reported the 13th consecutive day of no new cases. Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, told reporters at the center’s daily briefing that modified rules covering foreign business visitors had been completed and were ready for him to sign. The complete details of the new rules would be released later this week, he said. Foreigners on long business trips would have
The Czech Republic’s Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that supports a possible visit by the senate president to Taiwan. The resolution, initiated by Czech Senator Pavel Fischer, was passed with 50 votes in favor, one against and one abstention. The resolution blasts Beijing for having its Prague embassy send a letter to former Czech Senate president Jaroslav Kubera earlier this year threatening repercussions for Czech businesses if he visited Taiwan. The resolution shows the Senate’s support for a visit to Taiwan by Senate President Milos Vystrcil, accompanied by Czech business representatives, as the visit would be in the diplomatic long-term interests
The government and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday both spoke out against plans by the Chinese government to enact a national security law in Hong Kong. Chinese officials yesterday confirmed that the National People’s Congress would review a bill “on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.” The Presidential Office said that the announcement was evidence that the “one country, two systems” framework fundamentally clashes with democratic freedoms. The de-escalation of tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing relies on the Chinese government’s willingness to respond to Hong Kongers’ demands,