Yet more hassle for Cupertino on news that European regulators have joined forces with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to probe Apple’s policies regarding mobile software developers (ie. Flash on iPhones).

The move is part of the regulatory response to Apple’s attempt to ban Flash from its iOS devices, alleging the format isn’t sufficiently advanced for use on smartphones.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has criticized Flash for using too much power, limiting smartphone performance and other problems making it unsuitable for prime time in the mobile age.

Adobe has of course complained about Apple’s move, hence the new probes. The FTC opened up its probe in June. Now, according to sources at the NY Post, the European Union has joined in the investigation, which could last up to six more months.

The European Union recently adopted a new Digital Agenda aimed at encouraging the interoperability of technology.

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