Apple may face 'antitrust app' over Flash-to-iPhone ban

US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, could soon begin an antitrust inquiry against Apple's new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple's programming tools, that banned Flash CS5 and other third party iPhone app compilers. “Regulators, this person said, are […]

US Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, could soon begin an antitrust inquiry against Apple's new policy of requiring software developers who devise applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only Apple's programming tools, that banned Flash CS5 and other third party iPhone app compilers. “Regulators, this person said, are days away from making a decision about which agency will launch the inquiry. It will focus on whether the policy, which took effect last month, kills competition by forcing programmers to choose between developing apps that can run only on Apple gizmos or come up with apps that are platform neutral, and can be used on a variety of operating systems, such as those from rivals Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion.” Officials at both the Justice Department and FTC declined comment. Apple did not return calls seeking comment,” reports NYT.

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