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BUSINESS DAY COLUMN: Flouting of competition laws is Apple’s worm

My column in today’s Business Day reflects on Apple’s anti competitive practices:

I HAVE a confession to make. For years, I’ve had a blind spot when it comes to Apple. I have been enchanted by the myth of Apple and Steve Jobs so that, despite having been a competition enforcement practitioner, I paid little attention to reports of the company’s competition law troubles.

This month, a trial is under way in the US examining Apple’s practices with regards to audio downloads played on the iPod. In many minds, Apple is the David to Microsoft’s Goliath, with Jobs as the maverick. It’s hard to think of a visionary outsider as anything but pro-competition.

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