The New York Times reports that Intel agreed to refrain from a host of business practices to settle accusations of anticompetitive behavior in the market for computer processing and graphics chips, under a settlement announced Aug. 4 with the Federal Trade Commission. Capping several settlements by Intel, the agreement resolves regulators’ complaints that the company thwarted the efforts of Advanced Micro Devices, Nvidia, and other competitors. But it was unclear whether Intel was any worse off for having been charged with flexing its monopoly muscles. The company has thrived in many ways since the actions came to light. The settlement prohibits Intel from paying customers to buy its computer chips exclusively or paying them to reject chips from other manufacturers. It also prohibits Intel from redesigning its chips purely to harm a competitor.
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