Two U.S. government agencies are reportedly considering an inquiry into antitrust issues raised by Apple's recent decision to restrict the tools iPhone and iPad developers can use.
on 05/04/2010 – Made popular on 05/04/2010
I've been fielding a lot of questions from readers who are wondering if Apple's iPhone/iPad/App Store monopoly, combined with the company's very public spat with Adobe, will end up in an antitrust challenge?
Summary: Longtime proponents of Microsoft still want Apple crushed, so the advice for Apple ought to be behavioural reform
A COMMON enemy of Linux and Microsoft would have to be Apple, which is a company whose value climbed a lot as its anti-competitive practices grew.
Once it was the small underdog, but over the past few years Apple has grown into one of the biggest consumer electronics companies on the planet. Now rumors are circulating that the company is get some unwelcome attention from either the Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission as a result of the way has locked developers to a specific set of development tools.
The monitor's main function was to assess whether Apple's internal antitrust compliance policies and training program, "as they exist 90 days after his appointment [note: appointment was on September 5], are reasonably designed to detect and prevent violations of the antitrust laws."
Accordingly, on October 22 he shocked Apple of
Motorola Mobility had tried to block Apple from using a key GSM mobile standard, but that move apparently violated antitrust rules, the EU said.
Google's Motorola Mobility unit could be facing antitrust charges from the European Union after the agency notified the company that its conduct in seeking a court injunction against Apple last year in Germany "amounts to an abuse of a dominant posit