Antitrust matters and Microsoft have a way of being drawn together like a magnet and metal shavings, but how long they stick is another...

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Antitrust matters and Microsoft have a way of being drawn together like a magnet and metal shavings, but how long they stick is another matter.

Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday that Chinese regulators had confirmed an antitrust investigation into Microsoft and other software companies.

“Our departments are carrying out the investigation. We will release the findings later,” a spokeswoman with China’s Intellectual Property Office said.

The statement confirmed an earlier report from Shanghai Securities News, referenced by AFP. The Shanghai Securities News report described an investigation around operating-system software and potential lawsuits by Chinese companies under a new antimonopoly law that takes effect Aug. 1.

In response, Microsoft released a statement that said: “We are not aware of a competition-law investigation in China. Microsoft fully supports China’s efforts in establishing an environment conducive to promoting fair competition. We believe efforts such as the AML [Anti-Monopoly Law] will better safeguard the interests and benefits of consumers, encourage innovation and enhance economic development.”

The next day, AFP issued a “never mind” of sorts. It reported that the China State Intellectual Property Office had issued the following statement: “We have never carried out investigations on suspected market monopoly against enterprises, and currently we do not have any plans for this type of work either.”

Bloomberg News quoted a director from the Intellectual Property Office and pointed to its Web site, where a statement calls the Wednesday report “completely untrue.” The Associated Press is apparently translating that phrase as “seriously untrue.”

Heck with subtlety

The news out of Sunnyvale, Calif., last week was filled with one high-level exec after another leaving Yahoo in the wake of its tie-up with Google and word of a corporate reorganization. Who knows how many others may be leaving?

Not one to miss an opportunity, Microsoft launched a recruiting push in the Silicon Valley. The company’s PR firm pointed us to an ad that ran last week.”There are now very few companies that remain truly committed to defining the future of search and online advertising. Microsoft is one of them,” the ad said.

A link to Microsoft’s Silicon Valley jobs board lists 161 open positions. The company already employs more than 2,000 people at its Mountain View campus.

Death noticed

Look around the Internet long enough, and you’ll find a guide to just about everything.

Now comes the “Seattle Funeral Guide,” a production of

The site, based in Kent, is a funeral-information and -planning site with a national focus. “We launched the national Web site last October; since then we’ve realized that most of funeral planning involves local vendors — caterers, musicians, florists,” said Anne Copley, co-founder of the business (the other partner is David Johnson). “We decided to create a series of local funeral guides starting with Seattle, our hometown.”

The Seattle guide maps funeral homes in the Puget Sound region, services they offer and other information.

The site also has a My Funeral tool that helps you plan details of your own services, “from headstone to grave tenders,” as the company’s release notes.

On the record

New business: The MTN Satellite Services division of Seattle-based SeaMobile Enterprises has won a contract with the General Services Administration to provide satellite communications services for the federal government.

Governance: Kari-Pekka Wilska has been named to the board of directors of Sotto Wireless, a Seattle mobile-communications-services provider. Wilska held executive positions at Nokia and is a venture partner at Austin Ventures.

Download, a column of news bits, observations and miscellany, is gathered by The Seattle Times technology staff. We can be reached at 206-464-2265 or