Friday, February 18, 2011

U.S. Antitrust Enforcers Begin Examining Apple In-App Subscriptions

U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at Apple's policy which forces content providers to use in-app purchases to sell their subscriptions, according to the WSJ.

The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission's interest in Apple's new subscription service is at a preliminary stage, and might not develop into either a formal investigation or any action against the company. But it comes as Apple has attracted growing antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe.

The European Commission told the WSJ that the commission was aware of the new subscription service and was "carefully monitoring the situation."

Apple has imposed a deadline of June 30th for developers to implement their in-app subscriptions feature.

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