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Byline: PATRICK SEITZ
With a record fine and tough sanctions, Europe's regulators have emphasized that they believe Microsoft Corp.'s practice of bundling new applications within its Windows operating system -- which the company says is a key to its business -- violates antitrust laws.
The European Union's top antitrust authority, the European Commission, Wednesday fined Microsoft $613 million and demanded changes in how the firm does business. The commission said Microsoft abused its "near monopoly" with Windows to squeeze rivals in the markets for media player software and work group server operating systems.
It ordered Microsoft to sell a separate version of …