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  • EU Lets Apple Off The Hook



    On the heels of the US Department of Justice cracking down on Apple, effectively ordering the company to stop engaging in
    anticompetitive agreements, the European Union has take a different course of action. They've just let Apple off the hook.

    This morning, the European Union halted what was once an ongoing investigation into Apple's restrictive and non-competitive iPhone policies that allegedly "hindered" other companies like Adobe (which had developed its Flash to iPhone porting tool that Apple wanted no part of). Following Adobe's official complaints, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission stepped in to launch an anti-trust investigation of the Cupertino-based company.

    So what turned the situation around? All signs point to Apple's recently re-vamped developer restrictions and other "relaxed" policies (like the cross-border iPhone warranty repair services within the EU/EEA) that no longer make Apple appear to be the wicked stepmother of the tech industry. On Saturday, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia expressed his pleasure with Apple's policy tweak and referenced an end to the investigations.

    The initial investigations were launched this past spring, both relating to Apple's business practices pertaining to the iPhone.

    Euopa: EU Press Release
    This article was originally published in forum thread: EU Lets Apple Off The Hook started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      As much as I want flash, Apple is right when they say that HTML5 is the future. Most sites I go on have an iPhone version anyways
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      As much as I want flash, Apple is right when they say that HTML5 is the future. Most sites I go on have an iPhone version anyways
      I am with you on this one.

      Posted via my crappy PC while being controlled with iTeleport on my iPhone 4
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      The DOJ ruling concerned anticompetitive hiring practices. The EU ruling regarded Adobe's complaint about the AppStore developer agreement. How are those even the slightest bit related? This has to be the most idiotic analysis of facts I've yet seen from Michael Essany.
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      The DOJ ruling concerned anticompetitive hiring practices. The EU ruling regarded Adobe's complaint about the AppStore developer agreement. How are those even the slightest bit related? This has to be the most idiotic analysis of facts I've yet seen from Michael Essany.
      Thank you so much. i was thinking the same thing cus i read the DOJ article right before this one. Anticompetitive Hiring Practices = Software policies?
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Punk *s* Steve Jobs has backed his tough talk right down and changed his App store rules when fear of governments stepping in and forcing him or waving fines in his face. You would have to be a fool not to believe these relaxed rules are not a direct result of investigations into their world domination attitude.
    1. jrrtps's Avatar
      jrrtps -
      More and more times Im loving my HTC desire, no missing iphone any more finally!!!!!!!
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      The DOJ ruling concerned anticompetitive hiring practices. The EU ruling regarded Adobe's complaint about the AppStore developer agreement. How are those even the slightest bit related? This has to be the most idiotic analysis of facts I've yet seen from Michael Essany.
      Why would anyone expect anything that resembles a journalistic story coming from the keyboard of Michael Essany. He's just a flame reporter anyway.

      Quote Originally Posted by 1shuttle1 View Post
      Punk *s* Steve Jobs has backed his tough talk right down and changed his App store rules when fear of governments stepping in and forcing him or waving fines in his face. You would have to be a fool not to believe these relaxed rules are not a direct result of investigations into their world domination attitude.
      Troll much?
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      Quote Originally Posted by jrrtps View Post
      More and more times Im loving my HTC desire, no missing iphone any more finally!!!!!!!
      ... and yet you still feel the need to post on an iPhone forum.
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dhamien View Post
      ... and yet you still feel the need to post on an iPhone forum.
      +1


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    1. symple's Avatar
      symple -
      Quote Originally Posted by nerdyperdy View Post

      +1


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      +2