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Old May 3, 2010, 04:58 PM
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Default US Feds deciding who should start Apple antitrust 'inquiry'

Looks like US regulators see some merit in complaints that Apple is big enough in the iPhone/iPad market to put the squeeze on competitors:
Apple may face antitrust scrutiny for FTC, Justice - NYPOST.com

Here are a few quotes on why the 'inquiry' is taking place:
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After years of being the little guy who used Washington to fend off Goliaths like Microsoft, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is about to learn what life is like when the shoe's on the other foot.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are locked in negotiations over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry into Apple's new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple's programming tools.
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In forcing computer programmers to choose developing an Apple-exclusive app over one that can be used on Apple and rival devices simultaneously, critics say Apple is hampering competition since the expense involved in creating an app will lead developers with limited budgets to focus on one format, not two. Generally, app developers are paid from a cut of the revenue generated when consumers buy the app.
This is not a full-out investigation, but I do think that this is the biggest signal yet that Apple is no longer the little guy, and is starting to become the MS of the smartphone market, despite RIM's dominance.

In any case, the rumblings are interesting...
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