Apple Computer Inc. has urged a federal judge to reject a controversial proposal by rival Microsoft Corp. to settle more than 100 class-action lawsuits alleging its products are overpriced.

Under the proposed settlement, Microsoft would give more than $1 billion in cash, software, training, and computer hardware to thousands of the nation's poorest schools during the next five years. But in a statement issued Dec. 6, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said the settlement actually will cost Microsoft less than $1 million.

"The centerpiece of Microsoft's

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