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ZDNet: MS: No breakup -- restrictions maybe

Feb 16, 2000, 16:39 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John R. Wilke)

"Microsoft... previously argued that it isn't a monopoly and shouldn't be subject to any restrictions on its conduct. But it is changing its tone as settlement talks continue in Chicago and both sides prepare to return to federal court here for closing arguments next week.

'Microsoft is quite seriously trying to settle this case, and we believe a common-sense settlement should be possible,' Microsoft wrote in an e-mail to congressional offices on Friday. It rejected any breakup as 'extreme and unwarranted ... a regulatory death sentence while the high-tech economy whizzes by on Internet time.'

The settlement effort, shrouded in secrecy since it began in Chicago late last year, has been mediated by a federal appeals court judge, Richard Posner. While a number of proposals remain on the table in that effort, participants say that without a substantial shift by one side or the other the talks are unlikely to yield an agreement before the two sides return to court for the trial's final round."

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