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Google's Eric Schmidt resigns from Apple board

updated 08:50 am EDT, Mon August 3, 2009

Schmidt Leaves Apple Board

Apple today revealed that Google chief Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple's Board of Directors. The executive had held a position for three years but is leaving due to a conflict of interest triggered by the unveiling of Chrome OS, which now puts Google in direct competition with Mac OS X. Apple CEO Steve Jobs characterized the departure as unwanted but necessary given how often it would force Schmidt to leave Apple meetings discussing strategy.

"Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful," Jobs said in a statement. "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. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple's Board."

Schmidt's presence has often been credited with helping to integrate multiple Google services into Apple's products, such as Google Maps and YouTube on the iPhone and in certain iLife apps, such as iMovie. Google's own efforts have often been friendlier in less direct ways, such as encoding all YouTube videos in H.264 such that iPhones could play them without requiring Flash.

While Android is the most likely to run headlong into competition with the iPhone as they both target Internet-dependent smartphone users, Chrome OS may not directly compete with Mac OS X when the former ships later in 2010. It's primarily aimed at netbooks and other low-end systems where users can use web apps to accomplish most of their goals instead of the native software and high-end computers that are Apple's specialty.



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  1. thewebdrives

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    Joined: Jun 2007

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    Bye Bye

    Eric!!!

  1. jarod

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    Lame

    When you try and carry too many things in one hand, you end up holding nothing. Micromorons proved that, and now do will Google. Very sad.

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  1. marianco

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    Good Riddance

    Eric has been stealing a lot of ideas from Apple.
    So Good Riddance to Eric!

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  1. TheSnarkmeister

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    BS...

    This has nothing to do with Chrome and everything to do with Apple's parsing AT&T's competition (i.e. Google Voice, and others) for them via iTunes. There is a Justice Department investigation and court case brewing that could make the Microsoft DOJ case look like kindergarten dust up. It's about bloody time, although I'm not convince the Obama team has the political will, nor indeed even the desire to see it through any more than the Bush folk did. (The truth is, very little has "changed" in Washington.) However, if it happens by the book, as the laws are written, it will be monumental. Electronista should be ashamed for having swallowing this hook line and sinker as it was fed to them by the corporate PR departments.

  1. handydan

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    Sad day!

    I'm personally sad to see him him leave I think he was an asset to Apple. The way I see it Apple and Google work well together they have brought a lot of great technology to the world a lot of it free I might add, unlike Micro$haft! I certainly would rather have Google as allie rather than a foe.

  1. handydan

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    Sad day!

    I'm personally sad to see him him leave I think he was an asset to Apple. The way I see it Apple and Google work well together they have brought a lot of great technology to the world a lot of it free I might add, unlike Micro$haft! I certainly would rather have Google as allie rather than a foe.

  1. lkrupp

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    Next up...

    Bill Campbell, chairman of Intuit. Get rid of this idiot. Quicken is a cruel joke on the OS X platform. Years after the move to Intel, Quicken is still not a universal binary.

    Next comes one Albert Gore. This guy has no business being on a technology company's board. Get rid of him.

  1. manleycreative

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    Well...

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

  1. testudo

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    +2

    sure

    They can get the Google man off the board, who actually has support for Apple, but Billy Campbell and his "Mac Support? I've got your mac support right here!" attitude just won't leave!

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