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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 03/06/2013

The Circuit: Microsoft fined by the E.U.

Microsoft fined by the European Union: Microsoft was fined over $730 million for breaking the terms of an earlier antitrust agreement to offer Windows users a choice for their Internet browser, the Associated Press reported.

The case stems from Microsoft’s antitrust settlement with regulators over a decade ago, and is the first time that the European Commission has fined a company for not adhering to terms of a deal.

Microsoft has apologized for failing to provide browser choices to its users and said that it has taken steps to avoid similar problems in the future, the report said.

Sen. Cornyn asks about Aaron Swartz: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx.) asked Attorney General Eric Holder whether Holder believed there had been prosecutorial overreach or misconduct in the Department of Justice’s handling of the case against Aaron Swartz. Swartz, an early leader at Reddit and well-known Internet activist, was found dead in his apartment in January, of an apparent suicide.

Holder said he did not believe that there had been any overreach or misconduct in the case, and said that the prosecutors in the case never intended for Swartz to service more than a six-month sentence.

Growing support for cellphone unlocking: Several lawmakers are lending their support to the idea of allowing consumers to unlock their cellphones to move more easily between carriers following a White House statement earlier this week announcing support for the measure.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Tuesday that she would prepare legislation to allow consumers to unlock their phones; on Wednesday, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) made a similar pledge.

University presidents support immigration reform: The Hill reports that university presidents from Arizona State University, Cornell University and Miami Dade College sent an open letter to over 1,000 university officials asking their colleagues to support immigration reforms to allow students who earn degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and math fields to stay in the United States after graduation.

The letter, according to a version of the letter posted by The Hill, said that, too often, their “ability to educate and our ability to innovate are frustrated by US immigration laws.”

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