You may recall a recent blog I did about Apple, Google and conflicts of interest (click here for that blog entry). Back in mid-July there was already much speculation about the Google CEO (Eric Schmidt) who sat on Apple’s Board of Directors.
All along as concerns regarding Anti-Trust laws arose, both entities provided explanations and denied there was any cross-over between them; they claimed that Schmidt would recuse himself from certain segments of meetings to adhere to the guidelines but still, this became problematic as more and more, the two companies share common interests in business.
“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 hav eto recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest.” (Steve Jobs)
You read here that Google is now rolling out a mobile phone operating system called Android that will compete with the iPhone. Google is also developing Chrome OS, an new operating system for smaller computers that will directly compete with both Apple as well as Microsoft.