FTC eyes Google-Apple board ties

Google acknowledges the FTC is asking about antitrust implications of the ties between the boards of Google and Apple.  Though they share two directors and compete on cell-phone operating systems, browser software, and online video distribution, Google says there’s no antitrust there.  School of Management Professor Michael Salinger, a former FTC official, and Law Professor Keith Hylton, an antitrust expert, can offer some perspective on the tricky situation.

Says Salinger: “I think it is unlikely that such an inquiry would have been made by a Republican chairman.”

Contact Michael Salinger, 617-353-4408, salinger@bu.edu

Contact Keith Hylton, 617-353-8959,  knhylton@bu.edu

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