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05-03-2010, 10:41 AM #1
Apple to Face Antitrust Investigation
In the latest twist in the Apple vs. Adobe tiff, reports are emerging this morning that two US federal agencies are fighting over who gets to nail Apple for violating antitrust provisions in US law. The New York Post cites "sources close to the matter" as saying that the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating on which government body should go forward with investigations to determine if Apple is using its control over the iPhone platform to stifle competition.
Apple has faced antitrust charges before, and always come out of them without a conviction. This time, though, with the multi-billion dollar app market at stake, though, the ground may have changed.
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05-03-2010, 10:57 AM #2
Well I guess they realised Apple is beginning to take over the world and they ain't having none of it so Apple must be stopped.
05-03-2010, 10:57 AM #3Time to smack apple's behind.
If a developer wants to produce his/her code using tool A which then is translated to a language that the apple SDK can understand and compile into an iphone application that should always be OK. This is a blatant move from apple to make sure that applications coded for iphone cannot be also coded for other platforms (or cannot be done without a HUGE amount of effort). They should be punished.
Ah! For those clueless out there: this is not apple's refusal to have flash run on the browser, it is a refusal to let flash applications be cross-compiled as iphone applications.
05-03-2010, 10:58 AM #4
Never going to happen. The app store is apples platform. Unfortunately they can set any rules and restrictions they want.
05-03-2010, 11:07 AM #5
05-03-2010, 11:13 AM #6
Flash is going to way of the floppy drive...
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05-03-2010, 11:32 AM #9
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05-03-2010, 11:37 AM #10
And once again for the clueless: this is NOT the flash thinghy you see on the browser, this is about application development.
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05-03-2010, 11:56 AM #11
05-03-2010, 12:13 PM #12
I don't think they should be punished, but they should be made to compromise with Adobe if convicted.
05-03-2010, 12:45 PM #13
Not a chance this will stick. They may sell a lot of apps, but they sell those apps on a minority platform. They are so ridiculously far from dominating the cellular market it isn't funny. ~2/3%? Even the within smartphone market Apple is a minority, looking at all players. Android's marketshare grows by the day. Where on Earth is the antitrust violation coming from? There is no stipulation that specific programming languages cannot be mandated for minority closed systems within any US (or anywhere else in the world) antitrust laws. This is what the government is spending money on? Why not just mail that money in bundles of cash to Iraq (lord knows it will never go to social services).
"It's not fair. Not fair I tell you!" Who gives a damn! It's not illegal either!
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05-03-2010, 12:57 PM #14
I think a better comparison should be to compare the iPhone platform to something like an Xbox 360.
You can't just do whatever you want on the 360. If you want to use more than one DVD you'd probably have to get approval from Microsoft. That's just one example, but I'm sure Microsoft has a ton of things you can and can't do on their platform, and if it's in the best interest of their platform, and the quality of what's made for it, then to me that's fine. There are also, for example, limitations on the size of games for Xbox Live Arcade, which is another user experience limitation, in other words that limitation is in place to make sure users have a good experience on the Xbox Live service by making sure they can download an Xbox Live Arcade game quickly.
If Apple is worried that people will write software for one platform, and then use software to make it compatible with Apple's platform, without doing anything else, and it creates poor quality software that wasn't written with the Apple device specifically in mind, and the user experience suffers because of it, then I think Apple can create policies that limit that.
When you develop on that platform Apple has a lot of limitations, most are designed to make the user experience better, others are designed to limit use of the network the phones are used on (AT&T).
05-03-2010, 01:33 PM #15
I love the picture. made my day haha
05-03-2010, 04:00 PM #16
if somehow apple loses, they can always move the app store to cydiaName? whereswaldo
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05-03-2010, 09:38 PM #17
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
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05-03-2010, 09:52 PM #18
*** apple and trying to take over the world!No signature links or spam... only warning