YOU KNOW THAT Apple has become Microsoft when people start dragging it before antitrust hearings.
While US regulators can't stop Jobs' Mob from trying to conduct searches of people's bedrooms, its attempts to shut down Adobe Flash seem to fall under the remit of the Federal Trade Commission.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering an inquiry into whether Apple violates antitrust law by requiring that only its own programming tools may be used to write applications for the Ipad and Iphone.
Although Flash is nearly ubiquitous on the Internet, Apple claims it is a battery hog that breaks its computers. Steve Jobs is refusing to allow users to run Flash on the Iphone and Ipad devices that they have paid for.
Both the FTC and the Justice Department enforce US antitrust law, and both are said to be thinking that Apple might have crossed the line.
David Balto, a former FTC policy director, told Reuters that Apple was clearly doing something anticompetitive. Apple wants one superhighway and it wants to be the tollkeeper on that superhighway, he said. µ
All it needs is a hardware vendor and you've got yourself a triad. Ahem
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