Saturday, June 12, 2010

FTC Probes Apple Business Practices - WSJ.com

More interesting times for Apple’s legal department

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will investigate whether Apple Inc.'s business practices harm competition in the market for software used on mobile devices, people familiar with the situation said.

For weeks, the FTC has been engaged in negotiations with the Department of Justice over which agency would review allegations by companies that say they're being shut-out of one of the most important emerging computing platforms.

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This may not be the only antitrust investigation Apple faces. Justice Department lawyers recently contacted companies about Apple's practices in the music business. The Justice Department could forge ahead with that inquiry independent of the FTC's investigation, said people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department is already investigating whether Apple and a range of other tech companies improperly agreed not to poach each other's employees.

FTC Probes Apple Business Practices - WSJ.com

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