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Apple Facing New Antitrust Investigation 241

Posted by timothy
from the depends-who-you-trust-in-the-first-place dept.
mantis2009 writes "After recent complaints of anti-competitive behavior, the US Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into Apple's business practices for selling music. Investigators have specifically asked whether Apple colluded with record labels to thwart Amazon.com's music download store, according to the ever-present anonymous 'people briefed on the situation.' Allegedly, Apple threatened to retaliate if any music label participated in Amazon's 'MP3 Daily Deal' promotion, which offered early access to some MP3 tracks." So it looks like the Justice Department won the DoJ vs. FTC fight for the regulation bully pulpit.
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Apple Facing New Antitrust Investigation

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  • by pgmrdlm (1642279) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @05:14PM (#32353400) Journal

    The Justice Department has also reportedly been investigating the hiring practices at Apple and other top technology companies, including Intel, I.B.M. and Google, asking whether the companies have improperly agreed to avoid hiring each other’s employees.

    I would like to see specifically what this investigation is about. I don't see why companies can't make this type of agreement. It sounds like an agreement to respect each others trade secretes by not hiring each others employees.

  • Re:Maybe (Score:3, Funny)

    by ColdWetDog (752185) on Wednesday May 26, 2010 @07:50PM (#32355314) Homepage
    So, replace the battery. There are literally hundreds of third party solutions to the 'sealed' battery in your iWhatever. Instead of screwdriver, you need a plastic spud. Not exactly the end of the world.

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