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

[ Thanks to Jeremy
for this link. ]

“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

“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