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August 29, 2006

Google CEO Joins Apple's Board

Arik Hesseldahl

Apple and Google each got a little bit cooler today as Google CEO Eric Schmidt joined Apple's board of directors. Schmidt brings a lot to Apple's board: A long resume of tech company management experience, and a direct insight into exactly what Google has in its pipeline. In the Apple press release, he cites Apple as "one of the companies I most admire." Schmidt's joinging the board increases Apple's total number of directors to eight, and among those, seven are outsiders, though its a bit of a stretch to call Fred Anderson, Apple's longtime CFO an "outsider."

If anything, I hope the closer ties between Apple and Google result in Google becoming more Mac-friendly, not that it isn't already, but it did take Google a little while to let Safari users log into Gmail, for instance, and it did take Google Earth a little while to come out for the Mac. Schmidt's presence on the board certainly isn't going to hurt on that note.

Plus it's certainly interesting to see Apple and Google getting friendlier when you consider their relative competitive positions against Microsoft. And, this move comes just a day after Google and eBay announced a tie-up concerning advertising and click-to-call advertisements. Is there a growing anti-Microsoft front?

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It is great to hear that two of my favorite companies are coming together. I can't wait to see what will result from their increased ties!

Posted by: Belize Internet Consultants - Richard Beane at August 29, 2006 11:35 PM

This is terrible news.http://www.google.com/press/images/eric_schmidt_lg.jpg http://www.babilim.co.uk/blog/jpg/eric_schmidt_at_stanford.jpg

Schmidt's no Mac user, that's obvious at a glance. Where are his tattoos? His piercings? He's probably never been in a threesome or done a speedball in his life. The guy's practically a walking PC. What a dweeb!

Mark my words: Schmidt's appointment to the board marks the beginning of the end. He will destroy Apple from the inside out. Just wait and see.

Posted by: anonymous aesthete at August 30, 2006 05:00 AM

Watch out Bill Gates, the new day will come..

Posted by: arief at August 30, 2006 06:54 AM

That is very good.

Posted by: Busayo at August 30, 2006 11:40 AM

Just because Schmidt is on Apple's board doesn't mean that Google will become more Mac-friendly. After all, even thought Bill Campbell of Intuit has been on Apple's board for years, Quicken for Mac is a poor stepchild to its Windows counterpart, with only minor upgrades each year.

Posted by: sfy at August 30, 2006 01:03 PM

Piercings?

That's for pase posers! It's not the 90's anymore, and besides those "cool" things are what conformists do now.

Posted by: anonymous at August 30, 2006 01:37 PM


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