The Feds Are Now Tag-Teaming Apple

It's now clear the government is eyeballing Apple's control-freak policy on how iPad and iPhone apps are written, with two more reports of Feds looking into anti-competitive practices. Does Steve Jobs have the stomach for this fight?

The Apple CEO can't be pleased by reports in both the Wall Street Journal and Reuters that both the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are interested in formally probing Apple's activities, including its Apps Store ban on programs originally written in Flash and, according to the Journal, its moves to funnel developers into Apple's own iAds advertising platform. "What they're (Apple) doing is clearly anti-competitive," David Balto, a former FTC policy director, told Reuters. Clear, that is, to everyone except the company's chorus of die-hard fanboy defenders. Get ready for some interesting email flames, Balto.