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International News Archive - March 06, 2013

Microsoft Fined $732 Million For Antitrust Violations In Europe

Tech giant Microsoft has been handed, and apparently accepted, a giant-sized fine by the European Union (EU) for failing to offer users a choice of browsers on its Windows operating system.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'