The hot new trend in tech is to make amends for past disputes.
Microsoft settled a patent dispute with Salesforce.com, with both companies licensing each other's patents and the cloud software firm paying an undisclosed sum to Redmond. Microsoft had sued Salesforce in May. At the time, it said that it had notified Salesforce more than a year ago about the alleged infringement.
Intel and the Federal Trade Commission resolved the charges that Intel had illegally stifled competition in the computer chip market, while Intel has agreed to a new set of provisions designed to renew competition and keep the company from quashing its rivals. The settlement prohibits Intel from using threats, bundled prices, or other offers to exclude or hamper the competition in the sale of CPUs (central processing units), GPUs (graphic processing units), or chipsets.
FTC settlement focuses on keeping Intel honest
Hewlett-Packard reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve a probe over alleged kickbacks paid by vendors to help secure government contracts. The agreement resolves the department's three-year investigation into HP's GSA Multiple Award Schedule contract, as well as a civil suit filed in Arkansas in 2007. The computer maker denied the allegations and said it settled the probe without admitting wrongdoing.
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