• 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
  • Antitrust meets the mobile world

    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 MORE

    May 26, 2010 12:47 PM ET
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  • FTC unanimously approves Google-Admob deal

    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) MORE

    - May 21, 2010 1:06 PM ET
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  • Apple buys Google time with Feds

    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 MORE

    - May 12, 2010 6:48 AM ET
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  • 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
  • Google increases lobbying spending by 57 percent

    Google is ramping up its efforts in Washington to influence lawmakers according to a Consumer Watchdog  press release

    Google (GOOG) started its 'goodwill mission to Washington' with the following statement in 2003:

    "We established a Washington presence because we felt like it was important to give our users a voice in Washington.  Technology can be complicated. We absolutely believe taking the time to help people understand our business is a worthy MORE

    - Apr 21, 2010 5:20 PM ET
  • Connected: Interview with Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang

    In the latest installment of Connected, Fortune Senior Editor-at-Large Adam Lashinsky talks with Nvidia (NVDA) CEO Jen-Hsun Huang about his company's strategy for tablets and smartphones, and its ongoing legal battle with Intel (INTC).





    - Mar 8, 2010 12:29 PM ET
  • Intel's latest headache: Nvidia

    The chip giant settled with AMD. But another rival is making noise about anticompetitive behavior.

    You'd think Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang would be happy.

    After bumping along as low as $7 a share at the beginning of the year his stock is up near $14. Several months ago Apple (AAPL) began using his graphics chipset – a group of circuits designed to work together – across nearly its entire line of Macs, MORE

    - Dec 4, 2009 6:22 AM ET
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  • Antitrust inquiry: How Apple and Google compete

    Given the looming presence of Microsoft (MSFT) on the PC desktop, we tend to think of Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) as corporate best friends united by a common enemy.

    But the news Monday night that the U.S. government has opened an inquiry into the two companies' "interlocking directorates" under the Clayton Antitrust Act has prompted a fresh look at the extent to which Apple and Google are, in fact, competitors.

    We MORE

    - May 5, 2009 9:53 AM ET
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