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Integrating technologies and sharing information for a common purpose is by no means a new thing in the business world. However, Google and Apple appear to have taken things a little too far with both companies now the subject of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation.
The FTC anti-trust suit relates to directors Eric Schmidt and Arthur Levinson sitting on the board of both Google and Apple, contravening the Clayton Anti-Trust Act of 1941. This essentially means that the two are accused of having a common link which may be detrimental to competition, most notably Microsoft. If the two main competitors to Microsoft’s computing dominance are found to be in cahoots, they could very well find themselves in some pretty deep water; but this is certainly one news story that will rumble on for some time to come.
Search specialists Google haven’t been without controversy in recent months, particularly in the UK with their Street View application drawing criticism for invasion of privacy. Whilst this anti-trust case clearly a little more serious (for the company at least), their continued superiority over Internet search engine usage and marketing is unlikely to be greatly affected, whatever the outcome.
Last month, we tuned in to listen to our very own Samantha Noble become a radio star. As a guest on Xan Phillips’ The Business on Voice FM, a programme dedicated to promoting the good news stories about business from the Southampton area and beyond, Sam shared her insights into paid media.
The Drum Network has launched a new initiative called ‘Create Britain’ which aims to show the world that Great Britain is still an awesomely creative marketplace, despite Brexit.
Create Britain is an online interactive map that invites businesses from the creative industry to contribute a short video to claim their own pin on the map that links to their video clip. The video clips need to answer one question: ‘What makes British creativity so great?’.