Apple relaxes iPhone, iPad rules for developers

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Apple said Thursday it will relax its notoriously tight rules for developers of iPhone and iPad applications, amid complaints by competitors that the company’s restrictions for developers are anti-competitive.

The move, announced in a statement on its Web site, could allow for Adobe’s Flash video software on Apple’s products, putting an end to a contentious battle between the two companies. Adobe reported filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission, saying Apple’s control over a dominant mobile Web applications market – its Apps store – and requirement that developers use Apple tools unfairly hurt competitors. The New York Post reported recently that U.S. regulators have been looking into the complaints and that European regulators have also expressed interest in an investigation.

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