Microsoft bows to EU equalizersHarrison Bergeron ain't got nothing on Bill Gates. Microsoft and the European Commission announced an agreement to handicap the software giant enough to make it equal to everyone else, in compliance with a 2004 ruling. Now Microsoft competitors will pay only a one-time fee of 10,000 euros to access the code needed to write software compatible with Microsoft's, and pay much lower licensing fees. Now that Microsoft's been laden down with tons of legal scrap metal, should we be surprised its lawyers are trying to do the same to Google in the DoubleClick case? (Photo by Revi Kornmann)