Google CEO leaves Apple board

Fun fact: Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been on the Apple board of directors since August 2006. That’s coming to an end, though. Apple announced this morning that Schmidt was stepping down from his position.

For once, Apple isn’t shy about disclosing precise reasons behind an important move. Here’s what Apple CEO Steve Jobs says in the official announcement:

Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest.

As Spock might say, that all seems perfectly logical. As noted, Google already competes against the iPhone with its Android mobile platform, and the search giant will soon cross swords with Apple in the operating system world thanks to Chrome OS. Apple also faces competition from Chrome, which uses the same rendering engine as Safari, in the browser world. If you’re curious, the folks at 9 to 5 Mac have pointed out even more areas of overlap, including consumer photo software, productivity software, and video services.

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    • ThorAxe
    • 13 years ago

    +1

    The truth will set you free.

    • dustyjamessutton
    • 13 years ago

    Don’t forget about the Marijuana, small effiecient cars, and crappy hippy music.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Here’s what I was talking about, from Tuesday’s shortbread: §[<http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSWBT01152520090803<]§

    • oneofthem
    • 13 years ago

    the potential trespass here in terms of business ethics is more collusion than sabotage

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    That’s a recent news piece, it was longer ago than that if it was real. I may just be remembering wrong.

    • A_Pickle
    • 13 years ago

    Uh…

    …please don’t tell me that you just insinuated that a Creative product will be the death of Apple’s iPod Touch and iPhone. Because if you did, /[

    • The Dark One
    • 13 years ago

    The FCC is looking into Apple/AT&T banning Google Voice-enabled apps from their store, if that’s what you mean.

    • A_Pickle
    • 13 years ago

    g[

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Wasn’t some US government department looking in to this situation recently? I wonder if that had anything to do with it.

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    as of right now, apple’s market cap is larger (just barely) than google’s. I don’t see either one buying the other. It’s also hard to see how a merger would make any sense.

    • snakeoil
    • 13 years ago

    apple user: do you think steve jobs is your messiah?
    do you believe in the infallibility of the iphone and ipod and isomething?
    well behold the death of the iphone and ipod.
    §[<http://forums.vr-zone.com/news-around-the-web/464873-zii-has-arrived-the-future-here-today.html<]§ don't let steve jobs tell you how to dress (long sleeve t shirts) or what food you have to eat (vegetarian) in order to survive in the world you need a personality and you don't have it. abandon your sinful life, abandon the pseudotechnological apple sect. and don't forget that you are not cool.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    The sold it all off several years later. I could dig up the exact dates if you care, but I doubt MS has anything more than a nominal investment at this point (like any company with cash on hand they do invest in various securities, though not much in actual stocks)

    • Silus
    • 13 years ago

    Going by market capital alone, Google can’t afford Apple…unless they one up AMD in buying a company that they couldn’t afford and get a huge debt.

    • PRIME1
    • 13 years ago

    l[

    • valrandir
    • 13 years ago

    I think what will end up happening is that Google will just buy Apple when the time is right.

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    Ask Jeeves kicked everyones ass back in the day. Sure it wasnt as good at finding stuff, but it had a sarcastic butler, and that is important.

    • Hattig
    • 13 years ago

    Yes, and everyone used Altavista.

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    Ms has been in the search industry long before google started getting noticed.

    • blastdoor
    • 13 years ago

    While I think this is necessary, I doubt it will damage cooperation between google and apple. Google’s primary competitor is really microsoft. I suspect that if MS had stayed out of search, google would have stayed out of operating systems and browsers.

    • droopy1592
    • 13 years ago

    lol sounds like a fight!

    or competition. Too bad everyone is not playing fair.

    • KyleSTL
    • 13 years ago

    This defines ‘conflict of interest’. That’s like a GM CEO on the board of directors for Ford.

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