> On 2010-10-25 11:51:28 -0400, Tamas K Papp said:
> > what the regulators
> > look at is not whether you have market power, but whether you are
> > abusing it, and you don't need to be a monopoly for that. So if Apple
> > gets nasty, the mere existence of other alternatives may not be enough
> > for them to get away with it.
> There is some speculation that this has already happened; Adobe filed a
> complaint with both the US DOJ and the European Competition Commission,
> and once these bodies began investigations, Apple relented and allowed
> non-apple developer tools and languages for the iOS. We don't know if
> this was direct cause and effect, but it is quite possible that the
> ongoing investigations into abuses of market power caused Apple to
> change its behavior.
this quip been going around later: «Welcome to 2010: Java is a restricted platform; Google is evil; Apple is a monopoly; and Microsoft is the underdog.» (who first said it?)
in the 1970s: Unix is the monopoly.
in the 1980s: IBM is the monopoly.
in the 1990s: Microsoft is the monopoly.
in the 2000s: Google is the monopoly.
in the 2010s: Apple is the monopoly.
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