• Apple needs to cool its rhetoric

    No longer an industry underdog, the company must tread more carefully, says an analyst

    In a note to clients issued Tuesday, Barclays Capital's Ben Reitzes has added his voice to the chorus of commentators with free advice for Apple's (AAPL) executive team, now that it's caught the eye of federal regulators.

    The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly won the toss and is looking into two possible antitrust issues: Adobe's (ADBE) complaint MORE

    - Jun 15, 2010 11:12 AM ET
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  • Probing the Apple antitrust probes

    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: MORE

    - Jun 11, 2010 10:15 AM ET
  • iPadgate: The FBI is on the case

    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 and, don't go bragging about it to the press.

    That's what Goatse Security did, shopping the story, by one account, to Reuters, MORE

    - Jun 10, 2010 6:38 PM ET
  • Feds eye Apple-Google ad war

    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 MORE

    - Jun 10, 2010 7:07 AM ET
  • Google-AdMob decision due next week

    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 MORE

    - May 6, 2010 6:17 PM ET
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  • U.S. vs. Apple: Who would win?

    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 MORE

    - May 3, 2010 2:10 PM ET
  • Watchdog calls for federal inquiry into Google

    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 MORE

    - Apr 22, 2010 2:25 PM ET
  • Steve Jobs to Ed Colligan: Dear sir, let's collude

    "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 MORE

    - Aug 20, 2009 7:47 AM ET
  • Google's anti-poaching smoking gun

    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 MORE

    - Aug 8, 2009 7:02 AM ET
  • Antitrust: Apple and AT&T in DOJ's sights

    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 MORE

    - Jul 6, 2009 2:18 PM ET
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