Regulator in France raids office of Apple

Authorities searched the French offices of Apple and some affiliated companies as part of an investigation into retailing practices, a spokesman for the French competition regulator said on Tuesday.

The raids took place last week on “some of Apple’s premises in France, as well as those of some of its wholesalers and distributors,” said André Piérard, a spokesman for the regulator, the Competition Authority.

Piérard said the investigation was carried out by competition officials accompanied by judicial police officers. Authorities seized documents in the raids.

Apple is known for maintaining strict controls over its product image and marketing, extending those efforts to its highly profitable stores. But its leading market position has prompted scrutiny in Europe and elsewhere. European regulators, for example, have been examining Apple’s contracts with the cellphone carriers that sell its iPhone for possible antitrust violations.

The news of the investigation in France was first reported Monday by Les chos, a financial newspaper. The article said the

investigators were interested in Apple’s relations with its distributors.

The article cited the case of eBizcuss, an Apple premium reseller that operated about 15 stores until it collapsed last year. The eBizcuss chief executive, Fran~CHECK~ois Prudent, accused Apple of abusing its market dominance and of unfair competition, contending that the company had opened Apple stores around the country while starving its other authorized retailers of popular products like the newest iPads and iPhones. Prudent filed a complaint with the regulator.

According to Les chos, the competition authorities want to know if Apple ordered its wholesalers, with which the distributors like eBizcuss were in almost daily contact, not to deliver the products on time. Les chos reported that Piérard also said that the competition authorities were investigating Apple and other Internet companies on suspicion of abuse of market dominance with their online app stores.

Piérard declined to comment on the newspaper report. Josh Rosenstock, an Apple spokesman in London, also declined to comment.

There was very good information on the browser

Microsoft’s Home windows eight is currently a far more common running process in comparison to the reviled Home windows Vista, removing a supply of embarrassment as Microsoft’s most current OS slowly proceeds to assemble steam.

In accordance to Net Applications’ NetMarketshare tracker, Home windows eight captured 5.ten per cent of all desktop programs the business tracks for your month of June. Vista’s sector share now stands at four.62 percent. Naturally, equally will need a handful of months (or yrs) ahead of they pass Home windows XP and Windows 7, each of which dipped about 50 percent a proportion point’s truly worth of share to finish the month with 44.37 per cent and 37.17 p.c, respectively.

There was very good information on the browser entrance too: Web Applications also reported that World-wide-web Explorer ten surged four.26 proportion factors to finish with 13.fifty two % with the desktop sector.

That marked the first time that IE10, which transported with Windows 8 (but can also be readily available for Home windows 7), passed Net Explorer 9.0, which fell three.sixty eight details to 11.71 % on the desktop sector.

Both equally figures go on to verify the momentum for Windows 8, which has struggled to lift its head over both equally third-party running units, and its own rivals from the Microsoft nest.

Home windows 8 passed Mac OS X ten.eight in February. If Windows 8 continues to improve its share at its present-day pace of about 0.five proportion factors per month-and if Windows XP proceeds to say no at about the same rate-Microsoft would need approximately 32 months, or until finally about February 2016, for Windows 8 to go Home windows XP.

Analytics firm StatCounter also place Windows 8 above Home windows Vista in its all over the world measurements of browser information. StatCounter stated that Home windows eight captured six.forty four % of all PCs, compared to five.94 per cent on the commencing of June. StatCounter reported, having said that, the variations of Mac OS X merged, at eight.fifty two per cent, were even now larger than Home windows 8.

StatCounter also claimed that Home windows 8 passed Vista in June, when Vista share stood at five.four p.c.

Though the divisions concerning operating units were reasonably clear-cut, assessing wherever the different browsers stand needs a tad more slicing and dicing of your information.

General, Web Purposes places IE in a commanding guide, with fifty six.15 percent of your current market, as opposed to 55.ninety eight p.c in May-thanks to Microsoft bundling IE with PCs, needless to say. Web Purposes places Firefox at 19.15 %, down from twenty.sixty three per cent, and Chrome at 17.seventeen per cent, down from 15.seventy four percent.

Incorporate all Chrome versions, having said that, as StatCounter does, as well as the total share for Chrome climbs to forty two.19 p.c, down from the significant of 42.68 % a month in the past. StatCounter puts all variations of Firefox 5.0 and higher at a blended share of 19.fourteen p.c.

The bottom line? Chrome, IE, and Firefox all keep on being feasible browser platforms, with ongoing advancements to each.