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02/18/2011

Apple Pissing on Antitrust Laws


More on Apple’s asininity RE their new subscription plan (actually a power grab plan to control setting digital publishing standards).

Apple’s new subscription plan for publishers is drawing close eyeballing from both the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the Justice Department, both of which investigate ‘stifling-of-competition’ cases (why do we have this kind of overlap in our government agencies, anyway?)

Apple can spin this anyway they want…AND the FTC and Justice can rationalize this to avoid enforcing this rampant violation of our antitrust laws (as this writer sees it)…but, it won’t change the inherent fact that Apple’s conduct in their subscription requirements IS against the law and stinks of the skunk of greed!

More details in this report from the Wall Street Journal By Thomas Catan And Nathan Koppel :

U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission’s interest in Apple’s new subscription service is at a preliminary stage, and might not develop into either a formal investigation or any action against the company. But it comes as Apple has attracted growing antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe.

A spokeswoman for the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, said Thursday that the commission was aware of the new subscription service and was “carefully monitoring the situation.”

The Justice Department and the FTC are both interested in examining whether Apple is running afoul of U.S. antitrust laws by funneling media companies’ customers into the payment system for its iTunes store—and taking a 30% cut, the people familiar with the situation said. The agencies both enforce federal antitrust laws and would have to decide which one of them would take the lead in the matter.

Representatives of the Justice Department, the FTC and Apple all declined to comment.

Apple’s rules don’t stop media companies from selling digital subscriptions on their own. But the company imposed restrictions that could make that option less attractive to customers, and steer more sales through its own system.

Apple keeps a tight grip over almost every aspect of its iPad tablet, iPhone and iPod music and video player. It decides which applications can run on them, and the devices work only with content delivered through its iTunes store.

That level of control has drawn complaints from publishers unhappy with the company’s subscription-sales terms.

Under Apple’s terms for the new service, companies that sell digital subscriptions to content on Apple devices would be required to make it available for sale through apps at the company’s iTunes App Store at the best available price.

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01/29/2011

Adobe’s Moving Fast with Flash & Air Technologies for Publishers on iOS & Android-Based Apps


Since Apple backed down on it’s ban of  Adobe’s Flash tech last September (due primarily to the FTC investigated complaint filed by Adobe against Apple for banning competition to it’s own tech), Adobe has moved fast to bring their very creative and imaginative tech apps to, not only the Apple iPad and iPhone, but to other rapidly developing tablet computers and devices as well.

These details from Kasper Jade , publisher and owner of the AppleInsider:

Adobe prepping “Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” for iOS, Android development

 Adobe appears poised to rush to market a new bundle of Creative Suite applications ahead of CS6 that it hopes will solidify its Flash and Air technology as an alternative platform for developers looking to capitalize on the booming market for iOS and Android-based cell phone and tablet applications.

The new suite, which will reportedly be marketed as “Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” suite, will showcase a new version of its “Packager for iPhone” application that will include support for not only Apple’s iPhone, but also the iPad and the new crop of Android tablets, incorporating popular touch gestures like “Pinch.”

As it stands, Packager for iPhone is a feature of Adobe Flash Professional CS5 software and the Adobe AIR SDK 2.0.1, which offers Flash developers a fast and efficient method to port existing code from ActionScript 3 projects to deliver native applications on iOS devices.

AppleInsider can independently corroborate claims that Adobe is feverishly working on a high profile CS 5.5 bundle that will land ahead of CS 6.0. While researching the features of Adobe Creative Suite 6.0 (1, 2) that were published last week, people familiar with Adobe’s plans provided evidence of the aforementioned “Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Digital Publishing” suite by noting that the software maker had recently begun beta testing Adobe Flash Professional 5.5.

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