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Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigns from Apple’s board

In a not-so-surprising move, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple’s Board of Directors.  A conflict of interest has come between the two corporate giants.  In recent news, Google announced their new Chrome OS; they currently run the Android OS on many cell phones, and they are expanding their search and web applications.  What it comes down to is this: Schmidt simply does not belong on the Apple BoD any longer.  With Google services starting to overlap in areas that Apple has lived in for decades, this is a smart decision for Google.  Although Google and Apple can be labeled competing companies, it would be wise for them to maintain a healthy relationship as many of Google’s services (namely, Maps & YouTube) come pre-loaded on all Apple iPhones.  As of late, though, things have become stale between the two; Apple continues to reject Google applications that too closely resemble and function like Apple apps.  The recent Google Voice rejection definitely left a bad taste in Schmidt’s mouth, I bet.  Check out the full PR release after the break.

[Via Engadget; Apple]

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