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U.S. Requests Microsoft Hearing Delay: The Justice Department asked a federal judge to postpone the hearing in the antitrust case until a federal appeals court rules on the matter. U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin had scheduled a status hearing for Thursday concerning the department's antitrust settlement with Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest computer software company. Sporkin sharply criticized government prosecutors about the agreement and rejected it on Feb. 14, saying it wasn't in the public interest. Last week, both the Justice Department and Microsoft appealed Sporkin's ruling to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. The Justice Department wants Sporkin to delay this week's status hearing until the appeals court rules on the case.

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