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Microsoft, the EU fine, and a browser ballot no one missed

commentary The $732 million penalty levied against Microsoft ignores the reality that the world is changing faster than EU regulators -- or any "ballot" -- can keep up.

By Mar. 7, 2013


Pennsylvania e-voting machine casts wrong ballot. Oops

An electronic voting machine was briefly taken offline today when it mistook a vote for Barack Obama as one for Mitt Romney. Republicans say they have reports of the opposite happening too.

By Nov. 6, 2012


EU charges Microsoft over breach of 'browser ballot' commitments

European regulators have accused the software giant of failing to uphold commitments it made in 2009 over offering consumers a choice of browser on new Windows PCs.

By Oct. 24, 2012


Ballmer, Sinofsky see pay dinged over browser-ballot issue

The salaries and incentive awards for Microsoft's CEO and some of its top executives are public. Redmond's European browser-ballot problem didn't sit well with the evaluation committee.

By Oct. 9, 2012


Windows 8 gets 'browser ballot' amid EU antitrust probe

European user of Windows 8 can now select their choice of browser, amid an European antitrust investigation into Microsoft's failure to include the software in Windows 7.

By Sep. 10, 2012


Browser ballot not on tap for Asia

Opera won't be lobbying for a browser choice screen to be implemented in Asia-Pacific, while Mozilla's Open to Choice campaign stays within Europe.

By Mar. 11, 2010


E-ballot device for presidential vote has bugs, report confirms

An optical scanner to be used for the presidential election this year is prone to recording the wrong vote or none at all, according to a government report. But the manufacturer says problems are fixed.

By Jan. 7, 2012


Microsoft tweaks browser ballot code

After complaints the original algorithm was not doing the job, Redmond fixes the code shuffling the order of the browsers in its ballot screen for European users.

By Mar. 9, 2010


The city that must vote on UFO ballot measure

In Tuesday's election, the citizens of Denver must decide whether to select a seven-person commission to reveal all known evidence about ETs, UFOs, and the technological advances they might possess.

By Nov. 1, 2010


EU: Microsoft to test browser 'ballot screen'

Regulators say Redmond can go ahead with its latest proposed design to let users choose which browsers they wish to install along with, or instead of, Internet Explorer.

By Oct. 7, 2009