“If you have to ask whether either Google or Apple is too big for the mobile business, isn’t that a pretty good sign that neither one of them is? Only one of them can be a monopoly, after all,” Manjoo writes. “At the moment, each company has enough power and ingenuity to prevent the other from gaining a permanent, monopolistic foothold in the phone market.”
Manjoo writes, “If federal regulators put a stop to Google’s acquisition, then Apple’s outright domination on the iPhone and iPad will be assured. So the FTC has a choice: It can smack down Google now and Apple later, or it can leave both companies alone and let them compete. I’d rather see the fight go on.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s outright domination on the iPhone and iPad will be assured regardless of whether or not the FTC allows Google to acquire AdMob – as long as the FTC doesn’t somehow attempt to cripple Apple’s iAd or force Apple to allow third-party ad networks access to Core Location and other user data that Apple currently disallows, not just for competitive advantage, but also for user security. In the clear absence of a monopoly, there seems to be no reason for the FTC to compel Apple to do either thing to or with their platform. Certainly, the FTC shouldn’t be in the business of trying to predict monopolies and attempting to regulate them where they do not currently exist. Also, monopolies are legal unless abused (ask Microsoft about that), so without a monopoly situation, there can obviously be no monopoly abuse to correct, which is yet another reason why the FTC shouldn’t act.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Marvin P.” for the heads up.]