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Report: U.S. Government to Launch Apple Antitrust Probe Over iPhone Flash Lockout
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 18:23

From Daily Tech

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are reportedly both eager to investigate Apple's recent iPhone Flash rejection for possible antitrust violations. 

Apple refuses to allow Flash on the iPhone -- or even ports from Flash. The U.S. government reportedly believes that it may be abusing its dominant position
Apple may have just overstepped the bounds of anticompetitive tactics


If there's one big company that knows to ruffle feathers, it would be Apple.  Apple has filed a scatter-shot suit against HTC citing patent infringement, trying to slow down Google's Android OS's momentum.  And in the app arena, Apple has been waging a war of words and actions against Adobe's popular Flash medium.

Apple has never allowed Flash Player to touch the iPhone -- that would represent a serious threat to its paid App Store.  With the release of its latest Software Developer Kit (SDK) developer license agreement, though, Apple outdid itself by slipping in a ban on using "an intermediary translation or compatibility layer tool".  That meant that any apps created with Adobe's Creative Suite 5 tool that translated Flash apps to native iPhone OS X code were banned.

Adobe responded by dropping support for the tool in coming versions of Creative Studio.

Now The New York Post reports that the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission are "locked in negotiations" about who will be the first to file antitrust charges against Apple.  Both are interested in launching inquiries; inquiries are used to determine if a full investigation is needed.  An investigation can lead to big fines as Microsoft and Intel have found out.

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