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 European Commission on Thursday expanded its investigation into Oracle's plans to purchase Sun Microsystems. The EC wants to study the potential antitrust issues arising from proprietary database vendor Oracle's takeover of Sun's open source MySQL database application. It will issue its ruling on Jan. 19, 2010.
The Department of Justice's antitrust division has cleared Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility along with the acquisition by Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion of a number of Nortel patents, and the acquisition by Apple of certain Novell patents , but has expressed concerns about the "ambiguity" of Google's policies around standard essential patents.
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.