According to a person familiar with the matter, the Department of
Justice and Federal Trade Commission are locked in negotiations
over which of the watchdogs will begin an antitrust inquiry into
Apple’s new policy of requiring software developers who devise
applications for devices such as the iPhone and iPad to use only
Apple’s programming tools.
Regulators, this person said, are days away from making a decision
about which agency will launch the inquiry. It will focus on
whether the policy, which took effect last month, kills
competition by forcing programmers to choose between developing
apps that can run only on Apple gizmos or come up with apps that
are platform neutral, and can be used on a variety of operating
systems, such as those from rivals Google, Microsoft and Research
It’s the Post, so take it with a grain of salt and file it under “Claim Chowder” for now.