"A controversial e-mail message sent by a top Microsoft Corp.
official to Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates that
allegedly highlighted the company's strong-arm dealings with
hardware makers will not see the light of day in court, a federal
judge ruled again on Wednesday.
"Nine states and the District of Columbia, which have continued
to press for tougher penalties to be imposed on Microsoft in its
ongoing antitrust bout, have tried twice to submit into evidence an
e-mail message from Aug. 14, 2000 that they argue shows Microsoft
conspiring against its hardware partners that toyed with the Linux
operating system, which is seen as a competitive threat to