San Francisco – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is
actively investigating Apple’s (NASD: AAPL) blocking of Adobe (NASD: ADBE) tools to create iPhone
applications, reports, citing a denial of a Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) request for related documents. petitioned for the release
of documents related to a complaint Adobe reportedly submitted to the FTC over
Apple’s actions, but the FTC said the records were exempt "because
disclosure of that material could reasonably be expected to interfere with the
conduct of the Commission’s law enforcement activities."
postulates this denial "all but confirms" an FTC probe of Apple.

CEO Steve Jobs said in April that allowing third-party development software on the
iPhone "ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the
enhancement and progress of the platform…We cannot be at the mercy of a third
party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our


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