FTC 'to continue' Google, Apple investigation

4 August 2009

The US Federal Trades Commission (FTC) is to continue its investigation into Google and Apple over possible anti-trust violations despite Eric Schmidt resigning from the iPhone manufacturer's board this week.

Mr Schmidt is the chief executive of Google but had served as a director at Apple until Monday, which the FTC said raised "competitive issues".

Bureau of competition director Richard Feinstein commended the technology giants for recognizing this, however, he added that his organization "will continue to investigate remaining interlocking directorates between the companies".

The two firms are competitors in the smartphone market and Google recently announced that it was planning to launch its own operating system, which could challenge Microsoft and Apple's dominance of the IT sector.

Blogger Om Malik of Gigaom predicted that competition between the businesses is "going to get very ugly" in the future, particularly as both have put so much stock in the smartphone industry.

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