It was only a matter of time, but
Google's Eric Schmidt has finally stepped down from his position on
Apple's Board of Directors. Apple CEO Steve Jobs released
a statement on Apple's press site describing the matter:
Eric has been
an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time,
talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful.
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
Although Steve Jobs cites conflicts of
interest between Google's Android operating system used in
smartphones and Google's
upcoming Chrome OS which will be used in netbooks, there have
been other sources of friction between the two companies. Most
recently, Apple rejected
Apple's Google Voice application from appearing in the iTunes App
Store and axed unofficial Google Voice applications as well. Many
pointed fingers at a brewing conspiracy between Apple and AT&T
seeing as how an official Google Voice application is available on
Blackberry smartphones which use the AT&T wireless network.
The Google Voice rejection sparked the
to send letters to Apple, AT&T, and Google requesting more
information on App Store rejections and AT&T's involvement in
Apple's decision making process.
Earlier this year, it was reported that
was investigating Schmidt for his role on Apple's board for a
possible improper relationship. At the time, Schmidt felt that the
relationship was harmless, stating, "If there are issues on
competitiveness, I recuse myself. From my perspective I don't
think Google sees Apple as a primary competitor."
quote: Eric Schmidt Bolts...
quote: There were no conflicts of interest since Apple and Google were in partnership before.
quote: Earlier this year, it was reported that the FCC was investigating Schmidt for his role on Apple's board for a possible improper relationship