Commentary: Dear Intel: Don't Follow Microsoft's Lead

The Federal Trade Commission is mulling whether to charge Intel with anticompetitive practices. According to people familiar with the case, the FTC is focusing most intensely on how the top chipmaker divulges vital technical data to PC makers. Intel shares its "intellectual property" with most of them, but the feds are set to allege that Intel has withheld information from some customers as punishment when the companies are at odds--say in a patent dispute. That, the feds will likely assert in a case they could launch during the week of June 8, is an abuse of Intel's monopoly power.

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