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Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been elected to Apple Inc.'s Board of Directors

Tuesday Apple announced that Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt has been elected to the company’s board of directors bringing the board's total membership to eight. Dr. Schmidt currently also sits on the board of directors for Google and Princeton University’s board of trustees.

“Eric is obviously doing a terrific job as CEO of Google, and we look forward to his contributions as a member of Apple’s board of directors,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Dr. Schmidt has a long history working with leading companies in the technology sector. Prior to his chief position at Google Dr. Schmidt was chairman and CEO of Novell and before that he was the CTO at Sun Microsystems.

Dr. Schmidt has also held positions with Xerox in the company’s Palo Alto research center (PARC) as well as Bell Labs and Zilog. Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelors degree from Princeton University in electrical engineering and a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley.

The ties between Apple and Google have been relatively quiet, at least until now.  More than likely we will see some collaboration between the two companies in the near future.  iGmail anyone?

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Surprising...yet not so surprising.
By Havocgm on 8/30/2006 9:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
Apple and Google seem to share similar user-friendly mantra's of design, and that I think is just simplicity and accessibility. I am not surprised in the slightest of this union and I think it's going to be a powerful one with the potential for some strong integrations of software (and hardware?). It's certainly exciting times for fanes of the two brands.

aside: seeing the google logo on mac packagaing would be UGGGLLYYYY. ha



RE: Surprising...yet not so surprising.
By shoRunner on 8/31/2006 12:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
accessibility??? LOL, so accessible you can't play your itunes music on any none itunes supported player or if you transfer it 3x your screwed. yeah very accessible.

RE: Surprising...yet not so surprising.
By plinden on 8/31/2006 1:06:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure what you're talking about ... actually I am sure ... you're not.

It's not simple, but it's not hard either, to get the DRM off iTunes songs. Just burn to a CD, then rip the CD.

And you are allowed to have your music on any number of iPods and five PCs simultaneously ... i.e. you can deregister a PC and move your music to another PC. I've had my iTunes library on six or seven PCs and Macs over the past three years.

RE: Surprising...yet not so surprising.
By masteraleph on 8/31/2006 1:10:45 AM , Rating: 2
Just burn to a CD, then rip the CD.

Which innately either degrades the quality (since you're taking music from a lossy file, burning to .wav, then ripping to another lossy file) or else increases the size (to a lossless format, roughly 60% of the .wav or 6 times the size of the original file).

RE: Surprising...yet not so surprising.
By plinden on 8/31/2006 1:18:13 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, but if you're concerned about quality, you buy a CD anyway (preferably without any built in DRM). I have about 20 songs from iTunes, bought in the first flush of excitement at being able to download. Now I just buy and rip, like most people.

DRM of all kinds sucks, but Apple's iTunes is comparatively lax ... I think ... doesn't make it easy to find out what its restrictions are.

By plinden on 8/31/2006 1:19:47 AM , Rating: 2
By melgross on 8/31/2006 1:47:10 AM , Rating: 2
shorunner was just trolling.

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