Adobe behind Apple US antitrust probe

Adobe is behind the recent decision by US competition watchdogs to look at Apple, according to a report just out on financial news site Bloomberg.com.

Anonymous sources said Adobe had filed a complaint that Apple was hampering competition.

The move comes after the iPhone maker redrafted developer agreements to prevent them from using Adobe’s products to create applications for iPhones and iPads. The ban forces progammers to write software that will only work on Apple devices.

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen set out the company’s case for developers being allowed to create software that would work across multiple platforms in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week: “The world is emerging where there are multiple devices that people are using to access the Internet and our customers continue to tell us they’d love to have a way in which they can get their content, their brand across multiple devices.”

The US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are still negotiating over which agency should take up the case.

Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona, FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan, Adobe’s Jodi Sorensen and Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet all declined to comment, the Bloomberg story said.

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