Apple's iAd Also the Subject of Investigation
May 4, 2010, 11:52 AM by Philip Berne
The Wall Street Journal today has expanded details on the possible preliminary antitrust investigation against Apple Inc. The Journal reports that the company may face an investigation into its iAd mobile advertising service, citing an unnamed wireless-advertising executive who was polled by the FTC. Recent changes to the terms of Apple's Developer agreement might preclude software from sending out necessary information to other online advertisers, thus giving Apple an advantage with its own, built in ad program. Specifically, the unnamed exec says the FTC asked about the mobile ad industry, Apple's developer terms and how iAd might impact the mobile ad space. Additionally, AdMob, the mobile advertiser currently in acquisition talks with Google, also claimed that the FTC had been in touch about Apple's affect on the mobile ad market.
Apple Buys Database Startup
Apple has acquired a Virginia-based startup called FoundationDB. The company develops efficient database technology that can be used to process information at extremely high speeds at very low costs.
Sen. Al Franken Wants Apple Music Antitrust Probe
Senator Al Franken believes Apple may be violating antitrust laws with its Apple Music service and has asked the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to look into the company's practices.
FTC Pondering Antitrust Query Into Google's Android
Google may be facing an investigation into its business practices concerning the Android operating system, reports Bloomberg. The U.S.
Apple Sues Qualcomm Over Royalties, Qualcomm Bites Back
Apple has filed a lawsuit against partner Qualcomm, alleging the mobile chipmaker used its monopoly power to push for "onerous, unreasonable and costly" licensing terms. Moreover, Apple says Qualcomm prevented it from seeking chips from other suppliers between 2011 and 2016.
T-Mobile Hopes to Woo Sprint With a New Tune
T-Mobile has approached Sprint with a new proposal, reports the Wall Street Journal, in an attempt to keep the potential merger of the two companies alive. Talks failed earlier this week when Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint parent SoftBank, appeared to walk away from the deal over a disagreement concerning which company would own the other.
WHAT??? The government is out of controll!
So what if Apple wants people to use their software to develope for their operating system??????? really? So what if Apple has a new and improved advertising system for THEIR PHONE??????? WTF??
If Apple were the only smartphone in the world, THAT would be a monopoly.
If Apple had the only app store for ALL mobile phones THAT would be a monopoly!
But Apple is NOT a monopoly. They aren't even close.