Adobe complaint prompted U.S DOJ and FTC to consider Apple antitrust investigation

“U.S. antitrust enforcers are considering an investigation of Apple Inc. following a complaint from Adobe Systems Inc., according to people familiar with the matter,” James Rowley and Arik Hesseldahl report for Bloomberg.

MacDailyNews Take: Who knew that The Ingrate Gazoo was also a little whiny rat bastage, too?

Rowley and Hesseldahl continue, “Adobe says Apple is stifling competition by barring developers from using Adobe’s products to create applications for iPhones and iPads, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the case.”

MacDailyNews Take: Adobe’s decision-makers would have been better served had they taken the time to understand what antitrust laws and regulations actually cover.

Rowley and Hesseldahl continue, “The complaint triggered discussions between the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission over which agency should review the allegations of anticompetitive behavior, the people said. Neither agency has decided whether it would open an investigation, one person said.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Ooh, discussions. And without any decision made to proceed, too. Scaaary!

Ho hum, another excuse to short the sheet out of the stock yet again. We know what the DOJ and FTC are wasting their time and taxpayers’ dollars on, but where’s the SEC? AWOL as usual.

MacDailyNews Note: Note to advertisers: (including those who advertise via third-party ad networks and become, in effect, our advertisers): Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most well-heeled customers online: 50+ million iPhone owners. They’re also not hitting 35+ million iPod touch users or 1+ million brand new iPad users. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.

Help kill Adobe’s Flash:
• Ask MarketWatch to offer HTML5 video via the customer support web form here.
• Ask CNBC to offer HTML5 video via the customer support web form here.
• Contact Hulu and ask them to offer HTML5 video via email:
• Ask ESPN360 to offer HTML5 video instead Flash via their feedback page here.
• Join YouTube’s HTML5 beta here.
• On Vimeo, click the “Switch to HTML5 player” link below any video.

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  1. Let me get this straight. A company whose product is installed on 90+% of Internet connected PC’s, utilized to encode 80+% of web videos, and animates 100% of all annoying web advertising is crying about anti-trust against a company with less than 10% share of the PC market? And they want to use the government to extend and force their proprietary technology in the emerging mobile market with a product that isn’t even available to the general public? Methinks Adobe has their anti-competitive behavior and anti-trust complaints against Apple definitely backwards.

  2. Wow. I’ve been migrating away from Adobe Crapware for years now. This just re-invigorates my efforts to move away from that POS, no class companies products.

  3. Let’s see how this hurts developers. XCode required to develop apps for the leading mobileOS and costs nothing. Adobe CS5 is required to develop Flash based apps for the also-rans and beleaguered, and costs $750 or more.

    Yea, I can see how free development tools are really hurting developers.

  4. I’ve never really been in the camp that believes Apple should buy Adobe, but with all this petty behavior that Adobe is directing at Apple, I’d argue now that Apple should buy them just to end it once and for all. That, or bust out a superior suite of apps.

  5. They have to address complaints. Brings the whole issue into the spotlight. Adobe needs to grow up. Their software is buggy and sucks compared to more stable efficient open advancements. That’s life. Adapt or die.

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