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International Herald Tribune: 'Hairy Guys' Join EU in Fighting Microsoft Appeal

May 01, 2006, 13:45 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Carlo Piana is part of a motley brigade of software activists and lawyers who have forced even the most dapper Microsoft executives to loosen a button or two in court here this past week.

"It was only two years ago that Piana, a lawyer from Milan with a dark scraggly beard and a passion for technology, woke up to news that the European Union had slapped Microsoft with a record fine of €497 million, or $627.5 million at current exchange rates, for abusing its dominant position in the software market by designing and marketing software in ways that exclude rivals from the market..."

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