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Apple and Google Board Links Draw Attention From F.T.C. engine msg:3907124 2:36 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0) Apple and Google Board Links Draw Attention From F.T.C. [ nytimes.com]
Apple and Google share two directors, Eric E. Schmidt, chief executive of Google, and Arthur Levinson, former chief executive of Genentech. The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 prohibits a person’s presence on the board of two rival companies when it would reduce competition between them. The two companies increasingly compete in the cellphone and operating systems markets.
Syzygy msg:3907451 10:28 pm on May 5, 2009 (gmt 0)
Some antitrust experts said they did not expect Google’s ties to the [Obama] administration to play a role in antitrust issues.
The same 'journalists' also state that:
It is not clear whether regulators have singled out any of these areas of competition as particularly troubling. Under the Clayton Act, interlocking directorates are not considered a problem...
Earlier they also pointed out that...
Antitrust experts say the provision against “interlocking directorates,” known as Section 8 of the act, is rarely enforced.
Increasingly it seems that 'no news' is, in today's gossipy climate, the best and sometimes biggest of news!
Sorry Neil - nowt personal!