Apple faces U.S. antitrust scrutiny -FT

June 10 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. antitrust regulators plan to
investigate whether Apple (AAPL.O: ) is unfairly restricting
rivals such as Google (GOOG.O: ) from carrying ads on the iPhone,
iPad and iPod, the Financial Times said.

The regulators have already started scanning Apple’s
actions, the paper said, citing people familiar with the move.

But it is not yet clear whether the Federal Trade Commission
or the Department of Justice would take up an investigation, the
Times said.

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment by
Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

On Wednesday, Google said recent changes to Apple’s
developers agreement would effectively cripple Google’s
advertising tools for the iPhone, creating “artificial” barriers
to competition. [ID:nN09161870]

Apple changed the language of the agreement on Monday, which
now appears to prohibit certain third-party ad agencies from
collecting critical usage data from iPhone applications.

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(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Mike

Apple faces U.S. antitrust scrutiny -FT