It looks like Apple may be emulating Microsoft in one regard.
The Associated Press is reporting that federal regulators are preparing to investigate whether Apple violated antitrust rules with its application development platform for mobile devices.
The story follows up on a report yesterday by the New York Daily News, which first disclosed that the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are discussing which agency will lead the examination.
From the AP report:
A person with knowledge of the inquiry tells The Associated Press that officials at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are sorting out which agency will examine Apple’s policy. The policy could prevent developers from using outside tools such as those from Adobe Systems Inc. to design apps for Apple’s devices.
At issue would be the control Apple exerts over developers of middleware on its platform. Which would be awfully familiar …