European Union steps up probe of Intel

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European Union steps up probe of Intel

In a signal from the European Commission that it is stepping up its investigation into possible illegal business practices by Intel, the commission is asking four European countries why they favor processors made by the U.S. semiconductor firm.

The move came just days after a U.S. judge ruled that Intel’s arch rival, Advanced Micro Devices, could not use Intel documents produced in a U.S. case for the European investigation. The value of the documents has been in doubt anyway, because the EU has indicated it doesn’t need them.

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