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
Targeting the hackers who pulled 114,000 e-mail addresses out of a hole in AT&T's network
Note to the guys (or gals) who call themselves Goatse Security: If you hack into an AT&T (T) network and discover a lot of Apple (AAPL) iPad e-mail addresses that end in @doj.gov and @us.army.mil, don't go bragging about it to the press.
That's what Goatse Security did, shopping the story, by one account, to Reuters, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 10, 2010 6:38 PM ET
A dispute that broke out Monday has already caught the eye of antitrust regulators
That didn't take long.
On Monday, Apple (AAPL) changed the rules that govern its new iAd mobile advertising platform to exclude competitors like Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
On Wednesday, Google took the matter public, blasting Apple for setting "artificial barriers to competition [that] hurt users and developers and, in the long run, stall technological progress."
On Thursday, the Financial MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 10, 2010 7:07 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
Shades of the United States vs. Microsoft, an antitrust case that the government lost
A report in Monday's New York Post that two government agencies -- the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice -- are each considering launching an antitrust investigation against Apple (AAPL) puts me in mind of the case the DOJ and 20 states brought against Microsoft (MSFT) nearly a dozen years ago.
To many observers -- including MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 3, 2010 2:10 PM 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
"We must do whatever we can to stop this."
That's how Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs is reported to have asked then Palm (PALM) CEO Ed Colligan to enter into a possibly illegal agreement to stop trying to hire away each others' top engineering talent.
If accurate, it may be one of the most stilted attempts to collude ever recorded.
Colligan's answer, according to Bloomberg's Connie Guglielmo, who says she has reviewed the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 20, 2009 7:47 AM ET
Back in June, before the ties that bound the two companies unraveled and Google's (GOOG) Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's (AAPL) board of directors, the New York Times reported that the U.S. Department of Justice had begun an antitrust investigation into the two companies' hiring practices.
The issue was whether Apple and Google had made an anti-poaching deal -- an agreement not to go fishing each others' talent pool -- that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 8, 2009 7:02 AM ET
The U.S. government agencies in charge of policing antitrust violations -- long dormant under the Bush administration and newly revitalized under Barack Obama's -- seem to be circling closer to Cupertino.
According to a report Monday in the Wall Street Journal's online edition, the Department of Justice has begun an initial review of the U.S. telecommunications industry to determine whether the two dominant players -- AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), which MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 6, 2009 2:18 PM ET
By Yi-Wyn Yen
SAN FRANCISCO - In the past ten months, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang has faced a hostile takeover attempt by Microsoft, shareholder lawsuits, a proxy fight led by Carl Icahn and, on Wednesday, watched a much-needed partnership with Google (GOOG) go up in flames. Yet the embattled Yahoo chief says he has no regrets that he took on the job.
"I didn't make the decision of being the CEO lightly," MOREyiwyn - Nov 5, 2008 11:01 PM ET
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