Apple Could Face Antitrust Inquiry Over Developer Agreement

Monday May 3rd 2010 by Staff

Unnamed sources say the DOJ and FTC are debating which agency will spearhead an inquiry into the company's competitive practices.

NY Post: Unnamed sources have told the NY Post that the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are wrangling over which agency will lead an antitrust inquiry into Apple's business practices. The probe will consider whether Apple's new developer agreement, which effectively requires developers to choose between developing apps for Apple devices or apps which can run on multiple platforms, is anti-competitive.

An "inquiry" is the first step before government agencies launch an "investigation," which could eventually lead to government action.

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