posted at 17:50
Author: Mark Sullivan
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 01:08:57 +0000
Steve Jobs emails and killer instinct are all Apple antitrust has to offer
Apple will go to trial in Oakland, Calif. tomorrow over a decade-old class action suit alleging that the company unfairly prevented iPod users from using non-Apple music services. Apple, the accusation goes, used a clever upgrade to the DRM software in iTunes to prevent iPod users from downloading music from Real Networks' music store. Sure Apple could lose $350 million if it's found guilty. Some prominent Apple people will show up at the trial, including Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller and Eddy Cue, who oversees iTunes today. "We will present evidence that Apple took action to block its competitors and in the process harmed competition and harmed consumers," Bonny Sweeney, the lead plaintiffs' lawyer told The New York Times. In another email, Jobs asks Google CEO Eric Schmidt to stop poaching his people. "I am told that Googles new cellphone software group is relentlessly recruiting in our iPod group," Jobs wrote. Jobs worked without much of a filter, both in person and in digital communications, apparently.

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