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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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RE: The true side
By Bonrock on 8/31/2006 1:04:29 AM , Rating: 4
No, you're not crazy--you're right on the mark. Google and Apple have exactly the same ambitions that Microsoft does.

People need to stop villainizing Microsoft and romanticizing Apple and Google--at the end of the day, they are all corporations that exist to make the maximum possible profit.

RE: The true side
By rushfan2006 on 8/31/2006 9:25:50 AM , Rating: 2
I'd just like to know....excluding not-for-profit organizations, what company's drive IS NOT to aspire to be a Microsoft or WalMart (considering they are bigger than MS with their 1.3 MILLION employees)? I'd think, if you are truly honest you'd be very hard pressed to find a corporation who doesn't want to grow to enormous revenues and profits on a monopoly like level.

I mean the comment that they seek to growth is kinda like "DUH" of COURSE!!!

RE: The true side
By umerok on 8/31/2006 1:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
what company's drive IS NOT to aspire to be a Microsoft or WalMart (considering they are bigger than MS with their 1.3 MILLION employees

Wal-Mart's revenue is also bigger than most countries' GDP...

RE: The true side
By SyK on 8/31/2006 2:02:08 PM , Rating: 2
If they can get it, so what?

So what if it's bigger than ANY country's GDP?

From what I've seen, Walmart is actually quite moral, even particularly compared to some of these tiny nations with corrupt despots leading them... perhaps you're suggesting they should be in charge? =P

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