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FTC Accuses Intel of Stunting AMD Chip Performance
Intel has been charged with illegally stifling competition by the Federal Trade Commission.  The FTC alleges that Intel used its dominant position in the processor market to suppress AMD's products.  What's even more interesting is that the FTC claims that Intel secretly designed its compiler to stunt the performance of AMD's chips.  Then Intel allegedly told customers that software performed better on its chips.  Intel now faces more monopolization charges.

IBM Adds to Business Process Portfolio
IBM announced that it will be acquiring Lombardi, a now former rival.  Lombardi's Business Process Management solution automates human tasks and workflows.  IBM's Business Process Management software will utilize Lombardi's more advanced human tasks to bolster its portfolio.  Not a bad move considering the BPM market opportunity is expected to increase 15 percent over the next four years.

Apache Enhances Java Library for reading Microsoft Docs
Apache just released the newest version of Apache POI, its Java library for reading and writing Microsoft document formats.  POI 3.6 features better spreadsheet reading performance.  Developers say 3.6 uses 200% less memory when generating data.  The new version also includes a lighter version of OOXML schemas.

Microsoft is Off the Hook with the EU
The antitrust case against Microsoft's Windows browser page, which pushed European customers into installing IE, was finally dropped by the European Commission.  In the new deal, Microsoft will give European consumers a browser page with twelve browsers to choose from and five of the most popular browsers at the top.  Microsoft's settlement closes the door on more than a decade of antitrust charges in Europe.

Top Link
Alex Miller's prediction of the next big language that will replace Java was the most popular link on DZone in the last 24 hours.  Which language did he pick?  None of them.  

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