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A Bridge Too Far

May 3, 2010 17:40:38.655

Apple may have gone too far with their development restrictions for the iPhone/iPad - there's a story in the NY Post claiming that the feds may be looking into those policies on anti-competitive grounds:

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.

I thought the efforts against Microsoft were silly, and I think this is too - the market will (eventually) deal with Apple if they have gone too far. However, that's simply my opinion. Apple should be more worried about what the folks at Justice and the FTC think.

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posted by James Robertson

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