The feds may be on to Apple's bad behavior

Whether or not Uncle Sam opens an antitrust investigation, Apple's actions have already attracted plenty of enemies

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Damn straight. Even The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took time out from trashing Teabag-party animals and Faux News to take Apple to the woodshed for being "appholes" [video].

The Fake Steve Jobs (aka Dan Lyons) channels faithful Apple blogger John Gruber in an NSFW way when he satirically writes:

In case you’ve forgotten (or, if you never actually knew it, because you are missing part of your brain, which you probably are if you think Apple is wrong on this one) — at the end of the day Apple is a company, not a charitable organization. As such it has every right to do what it considers to be in its own best interest.

Even so, for the sake of argument, let’s consider only what Apple is doing from the perspective of the end user. Do customers benefit from what Apple is doing? In the short term, maybe not. But long term, absolutely. Because by putting up with what Apple is doing now, customers are helping to ensure that Apple stays in business and that its competitors die. That, more than anything else, is the reason to continue buying Apple products.

Is Apple using its monopolistic powers over the iPhone to impede competition? I'm no attorney, but it sounds like something worth exploring.

Investigation or no, there's an anti-Apple backlash brewing, it's coming from every direction, and I say it's about time. Yes, Apple builds great products and even better marketing campaigns. That doesn't give the company a free pass to act like "appholes."

Note: I've previously suggested Google is the new Microsoft, and Facebook is a good candidate for that crown as well, so that makes three. Any others?

OK, Apple fanboys, have at it. Does Apple deserve closer scrutiny from the feds? Post your thoughts below or email me: cringe@infoworld.com. And please try to use your "inside" voices.

This story, "The feds may be on to Apple's bad behavior," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog.

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