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Tuesday, 06 July 2010 11:09

Apple facing EU antitrust probe

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Open your (app)store please
Apple has had a good run over the past couple of months, but now it seems to be in some hot water in Euroland.

EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced plans to launch a probe into interoperability between smartphone platforms. More specifically, Kroes used Apple’s App Store as an example of a closed platform. The EU is rethinking its antitrust agenda and it’s considering making it a bit more strict. A company would no longer have to have a “dominant” market position to face the wrath of regulators, it would merely have to have a “significant” position.

Kross believes that the regulatory overhaul would deny major companies the right to limit interoperability in their products. This would mean that Apple would be targeted for not allowing third party development on its platforms, i.e. barring Adobe Flash support.

Mind you, Kross has quite an impressive track record in antitrust cases. She has already managed to impose massive fines against Microsoft and Intel, so Apple should probably be alarmed.

More here.

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+10 #1 Pistolfied 2010-07-06 11:58
About time they started cracking down on companies that don't hold majority market share. Maybe this will help Apple become more user-friendly... or perhaps just make them hate (smart) consumers even more.

Also, your source link has an extra . at the end of it and should just end with .htm
 
 
0 #2 JWellington 2010-07-07 10:13
That's good for Apple; they need to be made more humble.
 
 
+4 #3 pogsnet 2010-07-07 18:20
Quoting JWellington:
That's good for Apple; they need to be made more humble.



It cannot be, the cults are always made to be arrogant. That's what they are.
 

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