Business briefs: Microsoft loses appeal

The world’s biggest software maker lost its appeal Monday of a European antitrust order that obliges the technology giant to pay a record $613 million fine, share communications code with rivals and sell a copy of Windows without Media Player. In a stinging defeat for Microsoft (MSFT), the court decision also affirms Europe’s role as the lead international regulator of dominant companies.

MARS INC.

The privately-held Mars Inc., the maker of M&Ms and Milky Way bars, said Monday that it will continue to use 100 percent cocoa butter in its U.S. chocolate products, bucking an industry campaign to allow cheaper vegetable oils to be substituted. The announcement comes amid a push by a dozen food industry groups to change federal standards to allow for replacing cocoa butter.

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