Avadis Tevanian, Apple senior vice president, accused Big Green of being a shameless monopolist, and even a child killer in his second day of testimony at the Microsoft antitrust trial.
Tevanian said Microsoft did not mince words when pressuring Apple to kill its QuickTime multimedia player and an executive even told Apple to ?knife the baby?.
The remarkable phrase came up at a meeting in April 1997 between Apple?s Peter Hoddie and Microsoft?s Christopher Phillips, he continued. When Phillips started suggesting that Apple should abandon QuickTime, a confused Hoddie asked: ?Do you want us to knife the baby?? Phillips replied: ?Yes, we?re talking about knifing the baby?.
Tevanian was forced to admit, however, under questioning from Theodore Edelman, Microsoft?s attorney, that he was not present when this conversation took place. But he said he had heard Microsoft make similar proposals at other meetings.
In his written testimony, released last week, Tevanian accused Microsoft of proposing to divide up the multimedia market with Apple in a series of meetings that took place between August 1997 and June 1998. The suggestion would have meant Apple dropping out of the Windows multimedia player market to concentrate on multimedia authoring.
But Microsoft?s Edelman attempted to chip away at Tevanian?s credibility by producing an Apple memo, which included a section entitled ?Why Microsoft needs us?.
One of the points under this heading simply read ?DOJ? and Edelman suggested Apple executives had intended to involve the Department of Justice in their dispute with Microsoft.
Tevanian admitted that, at times, Apple had threatened its rival that it would involve the DOJ.
The software giant also suggested that Apple had threatened to issue a $1.2 billion patent infringement suit to put pressure on it, pointing out that Tevanian had omitted to cite any clear damage done to consumers as a result of its alleged moves.
"Antitrust laws are supposed to protect consumers, but all we've heard is a litany of complaints from Microsoft's competitors. When was the last time you heard the Government mention the needs of consumers?? a Microsoft spokesman said.
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