June 10, 2010 / 12:05 PM / 8 years ago

Apple faces antitrust scrutiny: report

(Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators plan to investigate whether Apple is unfairly restricting rivals such as Google from carrying ads on the iPhone, iPad and iPod, the Financial Times said.

A shopworker is reflected in the screen of an iPad tablet computer at an Apple store while demonstrating the device during its UK launch in central London May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The regulators have already started scanning Apple’s actions, the paper said, citing people familiar with the move.

But it is not yet clear whether the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice would take up an investigation, the Times said.

A photo of the Google Inc. logo is shown on a computer screen in San Francisco, California July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside regular U.S. business hours.

On Wednesday, Google said recent changes to Apple’s developers agreement would effectively cripple Google’s advertising tools for the iPhone, creating “artificial” barriers to competition.

Apple changed the language of the agreement on Monday, which now appears to prohibit certain third-party ad agencies from collecting critical usage data from iPhone applications.

Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Mike Nesbit

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