NY Times: Intel Prepares for E.U. Antitrust Hearing

NY Times writes: Intel is preparing to defend some of its questionable business dealings with PC makers at an antitrust hearing with European regulators and competitors next week. Questions about its dealings with retailers will have to wait for another day.

The meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on charges made last July by the European Commission, Europe's top antitrust authority, accusing the world's biggest maker of computer chips of handing out "substantial rebates" to computer manufacturers if they bought most of their x86 processors from Intel.

The Commission also accused the company of paying computer makers for scrapping or delaying the launch of machines fitted with AMD chips, and of selling its chips for server computers at below cost to large customers such as governments and universities.

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