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Microsoft yesterday agreed to pay $775m to settle a long-running dispute with IBM which had accused it of predatory business practices.

Microsoft yesterday agreed to pay $775m to settle a long-running dispute with IBM which had accused it of predatory business practices.

The settlement is part of Microsoft’s continuing efforts to clear away the litigation that has dogged it for much of the past 10 years. In the past couple of years the company has paid about $3bn to settle various claims that it abused its dominant position.

The dispute with IBM stemmed from the US federal antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft in the mid-1990s.

British MP George Galloway and his opponent the Daily Telegraph will leave no stone unturned to sort out what could be a spectacular libel case.

One of the authors claiming Dan Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code copied his ideas has admitted he exaggerated his case in an interview with a journalist.