Apple is likely to duck these bullets, say two analysts, but every case increases its risk
Absent a "smoking gun," neither the Federal Trade Commission nor the Department of Justice is likely to take Apple (AAPL) to court for antitrust violations, according to a note to clients issued Friday by Stifel Nicolas's Rebecca Arbogast and George Askew.
Apple has credible justifications, they write, for both complaints that have been lodged against it: MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 11, 2010 10:15 AM ET
Three days after the FTC blessed the $750 million deal to buy AdMob, Google has announced the deal is closed.
In a post on the Official Google Blog, Susan Wojcicki, Vice President of Product Management, said that Google was moving fast to integrate Omar Hamoui's Admob team into Google's advertising unit as quickly as possible. They are trying to make up some of the time the FTC's long look into Google's MORESeth Weintraub - May 27, 2010 5:53 PM ET
According to April Admob numbers, Android phones outnumber iPhones in Mainland China.
Google's new subsidiary, Admob pushed out its latest smartphone analytics numbers today and there is a bit of an Android surprise from Mainland China.
The numbers Admob got in China were: 725,358 iPhones and 882,384 Android phones. That's about a 20% advantage for Android.
What do these numbers mean? Well, if you add in (surprisingly high) iPad and iPod touch numbers, iPhone OS MORESeth Weintraub - May 27, 2010 12:23 AM ET
By Jeffrey Shinder and Evan Schultz
Antitrust enforcement is not going mobile... at least, not yet.
On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission decided not to challenge Google's attempt to acquire AdMob, which places electronic advertisements on cell phones and other mobile devices. Even though it ultimately declined to challenge the deal, the FTC's sustained interest in this transaction was understandable, given the increasing importance of mobile advertising. While the market is still relatively small, as MOREMay 26, 2010 12:47 PM ET
Apple's entrance into the mobile ads market with iAds is taken into consideration.
The FTC voted 5-0 to approve Google's $750 million purchase of mobile advertising company Admob. The deal was seen as possibly being harmful to competing mobile platforms like Apple's iPhone.
The FTC first took a look at the deal in November and has been criticized inside and outside of Google (GOOG) for taking too long to reach a decision.
Apple's (AAPL) MORESeth Weintraub - May 21, 2010 1:06 PM ET
A two-week extension in the government's investigation of the AdMob acquisition
A decision due this week on whether to prevent Google (GOOG) from purchasing the AdMob advertising network has been postponed because of complications created by Apple's (AAPL) aggressive foray into online advertising, according to a report in Wednesday's New York Times.
Google, which derives 99% of its revenue from online ads, announced in November its intention to purchase AdMob, one of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 12, 2010 6:48 AM ET
According to a report from Stifel Nicolaus, the FTC must move to block the Admob-Google merger by next week unless Google agrees to an extension in order to negotiate a settlement.
The Google Admob deal has been sitting in regulatory purgatory since Google wrestled the company away from Apple's clutches last year. An analyst's report today says the wait might soon be over.
The Google (GOOG) Admob deal is seen as significant MORESeth Weintraub - May 6, 2010 6:17 PM ET
Madison Avenue casts a wary eye on Steve Jobs' new iPhone/iPad advertising platform
Most mobile ad networks charge either a set rate per 1,000 impressions -- the so-called CPM. Or they charge a rate for each time a customer clicks on an ad -- the CPC.
Apple's (AAPL) new iAd advertising platform, according to a report in Monday's AdvertisingAge, is charging for both. Marketers who want to reach iPhone, iPad and iPod MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 4, 2010 12:50 PM ET
According to AdMob's latest data, nearly 30% of first-generation iPhones are still in use
AdMob's March report is mostly about phones running Google (GOOG) Android OS, which shouldn't be surprising since Google bought AdMob last fall -- frustrating Apple (AAPL) and sparking anti-trust concerns, but that's neither here nor there.
What caught my eye in the report scheduled for release Tuesday morning is the tiny blue sliver in the pie chart at MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 27, 2010 8:22 AM ET
Consumer group wants Justice Department to break Google up or convert it into a public utility
Today the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog called for a broad Department of Justice investigation into Google and significant punishments against the Mountain View, CA-based company.
The complaint paints Google's search engine monopoly, which is currently at 70% of the U.S. market, as a way to invade other businesses. "How it tweaks its proprietary search algorithms MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 22, 2010 2:25 PM ET
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