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Apple and Google in Fed's Crosshairs

One can't be a board member of two of the trendiest tech companies around without raising a few alarms. The Federal Trade Commission has opened an inquiry into Apple and Google that will determine whether they are violating antitrust laws by sharing two top executives. The law, which is rarely enforced, prohibits an executive working double duty for two businesses if it will impede competition between them. Google will likely be the subject of many government inquiries in the coming years as the feds have become increasingly wary of its monopoly of Internet searches and advertising. The ubiquitous company has close ties with Apple, (another brand that seems to be everywhere) though the two have become competitors in the cell phone arena.