FTC may open antitrust probe targeting Apple

05/3/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Apple's iPhone application-developer agreement, which prohibits the use of nonapproved platforms such as Adobe Flash on the device, has reportedly caught the attention of federal investigators. Reports indicate that the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice are considering looking into potential anti-competitive behavior on the part of Apple. "Apple is playing right out of Microsoft's playbook -- and it's one they complained about a lot," said David Balto, previously of the FTC and currently of the left-leaning Center for American Progress.

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