Shares opened higher, despite news the company may have stepped in legal quicksand
Having Justice Department lawyers around, veteran tech watcher Dana Blankenhorn reminds us in a Seeking Alpha post this morning, "is bad for any company. Especially antitrust lawyers. Especially tech companies."
"Every tech company the Justice Department has ever gone after -- IBM (IBM), the former AT&T (T), and (most especially) Microsoft (MSFT) can attest to this fact. All were transformed and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 11, 2012 11:20 AM ET
The settlement the Justice Department is seeking could shutter the iBookstore
Reuters and Bloomberg have both reported -- citing a pair of unnamed sources -- that Apple (AAPL) and one or two major publishers are preparing to get sued for antitrust violations, perhaps as early as today.
Three of the five publishers accused of colluding with Apple to fix the prices of e-books have reportedly accepted deals offered by the European Commission and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 11, 2012 7:12 AM ET
Warns Apple and five book publishers that they are about be sued for collusion
The late Steve Jobs was never one to worry much about antitrust laws.
He made a casual agreement with Google (GOOG) in 2008 not to poach one anothers' top employees that U.S. regulators saw as an illegal attempt to hold down wages. In early 2010 he devised a subscription model for iPad magazines that put draconian restrictions on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 8, 2012 9:52 AM ET
These days, Yahoo seems to be more about generating rumors than solid prospects for the future. So why would Google ever want to risk getting involved? Here are six potential reasons.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- If a company stays on the auction block long enough, rumors about its fate will eventually begin to repeat themselves. In 2008, while Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang insisted the web giant wasn't for sale, Microsoft MOREOct 25, 2011 11:53 AM ET
What Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman told the Senate antitrust panel about Google
As feared, the Senate hearings Wednesday on "The Power of Google: Serving Customers or Threatening Competition?" barely scratched the surface.
What Google (GOOG) did to Apple (AAPL) -- copying Apple's touchscreen operating system and offering it to Apple's competitors for free -- never came up. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) used much of their time to suck up to Google MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 22, 2011 7:00 AM ET
The Senate hearings scheduled for Wednesday will only scratch the surface
Apple (AAPL) is conspicuously absent from the witness list for Wednesday's hearing on "The Power of Google" before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition and Consumer Rights. Yelp! and Nextag will be represented, but Google (GOOG) has stepped on a lot more toes than theirs to maintain and extend its dominance of the Internet's sustaining source of revenue -- advertising MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 19, 2011 7:38 AM ET
Apple's CEO will have to answer questions in a six-year-old iTunes monopoly suit
In Nov. 2010, plaintiffs in the long-running "Apple iPod iTunes Anti-Trust Litigation" class-action lawsuit asked the presiding judge for permission to depose Steve Jobs. Apple's (AAPL) lawyers promptly filed for a protective order preventing the deposition.
What happened next is a little hard to follow, since so many of the relevant court documents are either redacted or sealed. But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 7:30 AM ET
The New York Times reaches for new metaphors to illuminate the power of Apple's platform
The U.S. interstate highway system is a "platform," writes Steve Lohr in Sunday's New York Times business section. "The more that people traveled it, the more opportunity it created for businesses and towns linked to its transportation network — and the larger the market for Detroit automakers."
A Barbie doll, one of his sources suggests MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 30, 2011 1:20 PM ET
Questions whether the Google has abused its dominance in online search.
The European Commission launched an investigation today to discern whether Google (GOOG) "imposes exclusivity obligations on advertising partners, preventing them from placing certain types of competing ads on their websites, as well as on computer and software vendors, with the aim of shutting out competing search tools," it said in a statement this morning.
Microsoft Corp. service Ciao, price comparison site MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 30, 2010 9:05 AM ET
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
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