It sidesteps the central criticism — that the government sided with monopoly (Amazon), rather than competition, in bringing an antitrust case against Apple and five publishers last April. It simply states as a fact that it looked into complaints of Amazon's widely-feared "predatory practices" and found "persuasive evidence" lacking.
It uses highly charged language — "seismic shift," "hobbling retailers," "unfettered competition" — yet insists that Apple's arguments be "stripped of [their] rhetoric" before it declares the company wrong, wrong, wrong on every point — as near as I can tell — of antitrust law.
It points to Google's and Microsoft's new tablets as evidence that the e-book market has thrived since the antitrust suit was filed, as if either company were getting into the market a) in response to the suit or b) primarily to sell e-books. ""
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