Has Apple Gone Too Far?

The executives at Apple just might has pushed a little too hard with their aggressive tactics. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission now want to take a closer look at the way Apple approaches its streaming ventures.

Most notably, Apple played hardball with Jay Z when the entertainer launched a streaming music service. Reportedly, Apple put a policy in place stating any musicians who provide exclusive music for Jay Z’s company would be barred from Apple’s streaming service. This is but one out of many complaints levied at Apple. The tech giant has also been pushing companies to get rid of free services so as not to compete with Apple’s subscription offerings.

InfoMoney mentioned that Fersen Lambranho considers reports of this nature to be shocking. After all, Apple has massive wealth reserves. Why would the company try and bully smaller outfits? Basically, Apple wants to preserve its status and eliminate competition. Doing so is not always allowable under federal law, which is why the government is taking a closer look at what Apple is up to.

Hopefully, Apple will resist the urge to become bullying and greedy. Doing so does not exactly help Apple’s brand. Then again, Apple may be forced to change course unless it wishes to be sued and/or fined by regulatory agencies.

Apple Investing $848 Million in California Solar Plant

Apple has announced an agreement with the company First Solar to create a solar farm to provide electricity to its headquarters, its 52 shops and other facilities of the company in California.

It’s the largest commercial investment ever made ​​for the use of renewable energy.

Once completed, the facility will be capable of generating 130 megawatts of energy for the state, which will operate the new Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, several data centers, 52 Apple Stores in California and 60,000 residential homes.

According to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, much of the motivation behind the project has to do with climate change worldwide.

People at CipherCloud have found that the new solar power plant is the second major commitment Cook has made in renewable energy this year.