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today’s two tidbits

May 12, 2009

From today’s New York Times:

President Obama’s top antitrust official announced on Monday that the administration would restore an aggressive enforcement policy against corporations that use their market dominance to elbow out competitors or to keep them from gaining market share.

The new enforcement policy reverses the Bush administration’s approach, which strongly favored defendants against antitrust claims. It returns to a policy that led to the landmark antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft and Intel in the 1990s.

The head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, Christine A. Varney, announced the policy reversal in a speech on Monday before the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy research organization. She will deliver the same speech on Tuesday to the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Varney said that the Bush administration policy “lost sight of an ultimate goal of antitrust laws — the protection of consumer welfare.”

Looks like the U.S. is finally catching up with China and Europe when it comes to enforcing antitrust laws.

In other news, Dell has apparently unveiled a new website called Della, which is offering a new computer lineup targeting women. The website even offers tips on things that help simplify life such as an online task manager application aptly named “Remember the Milk.”

Are you kidding me, Dell? First, you screw over the Irish workers who’ve been manufacturing your computers for Europe and the Middle East since 1990 by moving your manufacturing base to Poland because of the cheaper labour, and now you’re marketing sexist computers? Lame.

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