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Google CEO Joins Apple's Board 104

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Phooey42 writes "AppleInsider is reporting that Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, has been approved to join Apple's board of directors, bringing the board's total head-count up to eight. From the article, 'Schmidt also sits on Google's board of directors and Princeton University's board of trustees. He joins other Apple board members that include: former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore Jr.; President and CEO of Harwinton Capital, Jerry York; Chairman and CEO of Genentech, Arthur Levinson; Chairman and CEO J. Crew, Millard Drexler; Chairman and former CEO of Intuit, Bill Campbell, former CFO of Apple, Fred Anderson; and Apple CEO, Steve Jobs.'"
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Google CEO Joins Apple's Board

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @12:12AM (#16004915)
    The summary may as well have linked to the actual press release [apple.com].

    I like GigaOM's [gigaom.com] take:
    Even though Google is being overtly aggressive about online video market, it is trying to leverage its advertising network more than download sales. Is it too hard to imagine - watch the video on Google Video, and download it on iTunes store? Both parties win? iTunes being included as part of Google software pack, or part of Google Toolbar? Google driving music-related searchers to iTunes store?

    Google must be paying handsomely for those searches emanating out of Safari browser (about 3% of the total market) and a soft alliance could help balance the books. In other words, Google gets paid for referring customers to the iTunes music/video store.

    I also hope this translates into more Mac-friendliness [businessweek.com] from Google: "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".
    • by bunions (970377) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @01:15AM (#16005138)
      > it did take Google a little while to let Safari users log into Gmail, for instance

      Yeah, because there was -no- javascript debugger for Safari until very recently. Don't blame Google, blame Apple.
      • by slughead (592713)
        > Yeah, because there was -no- javascript debugger for Safari until very recently. Don't blame Google, blame Apple.

        I had to put a 'no safari' stamp on one of my web software solutions because I was unable to debug safari. Sometimes things wouldn't work and no error would be thrown. Finally, there's some description of the problem.

        Nothing beats firefox though--most of the time you can click on a link in the debugger and it'll show you the problem in source.
    • Google Earth still hasn't come out for Mac. Sure, it runs on OS X, but only like Frankenstein runs the Idiotarod [precisionaccidents.com]. It's nowhere close to being a Mac application in philosophy or interface.

      On the bright side, several months ago I heard Google was looking for Cocoa developers. And they recently hired Doug Bowman, the stopdesign guy, which can only improve the company's heretofore crippled sense of aesthetics. Anyone got news on more recent developments?
      • Google Earth still hasn't come out for Mac. Sure, it runs on OS X,

        Dumb. Think about what you're saying for a second. By that logic, Apple hasn't released quicktime or itunes for windows.
        • by cirisme (781889)
          Except, on Windows, it's normal for a media player to be their own UI entity. Just look at WMP and Winamp and all the other media players, none of the popular ones use Windows' chrome.
        • Well, yeah, dude. Just trying to make a point.
    • by sgant (178166) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @11:30AM (#16007746) Homepage Journal
      In a stunning move sure to send ripples across the tech industry, Apple today announced another member to it's Board of Directors. That person? You guessed it: Frank Stallone.
  • Great news. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jcr (53032) <jcr@@@mac...com> on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @12:27AM (#16004971) Journal
    If Schmidt were still at Sun, they might have some hope of long-term survival. Kudos to Apple for getting him on the board.

    -jcr
  • by creimer (824291) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @12:28AM (#16004976) Homepage
    I knew Google was taking over the world, but I never suspected that Steve Jobs would let them into the Board Room. Of course, this is the same guy who had a larger-than-life video image of Bill Gates gloating over him. What's next, GoggleDisney?
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jellomizer (103300) *
      Google has helped Apple emensly. Think about it. Giving Mac Users to search he internet for Apps and stuff. Web Applications that work on their computers. Google has made a world that is not as depentant on windows. And Now people can decide what OS they like better.
  • by 5plicer (886415) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @12:36AM (#16005011)
    ... just threw a chair.
  • Good news I guess, but what does it really mean? I wish the article would go into further details and speculated on the implications of this..

    Well if anyone who knows what they are talking about wants to explain what it means for Google, for Apple, for the market/industy and also if someone can explain what Al Gore is in that thing for and what he does, well feel free to explain..

  • I wonder if there could be a merger looming in the next 5 - 10 years.... doubt that it could happen any time soon but it's an interesting idea.
  • Al Gore (Score:1, Interesting)

    by mqduck (232646)
    Al Gore is on the board at Apple? Wasn't there an article recently about how Apple was one of the least environmentally-friendly tech companies?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by bursch-X (458146)
      Al Gore is on the board at Apple?

      Since quite a while. He actually was one of the people demonstrating the then new video-chat capability of iChat AV together with Steve Jobs.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jcr (53032)
      Wasn't there an article recently about how Apple was one of the least environmentally-friendly tech companies?

      More like Greenpeace wanted some attention, and decided to get it by bashing a company that gets a lot more press than they do.

      -jcr
      • by HuguesT (84078)
        As far as I'm aware, Greenpeace had little to do [wired.com] with this story, more like grassroot protesters [zdnet.co.uk] and Apple's own shareholders, who rightly said Dell and HP had both better policies. Apple did appear with a bad score in a Greenpeace report [macsimumnews.com], but that's one voice amongst many.

        Recycling is important, Apple is flush with cash and rides on the image of a modern, innovative, user-friendly company. It should be recycling more, but doesn't. In particular, currently its recycling program is limited to the continental [apple.com]
        • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward
          Recycling is important, Apple is flush with cash and rides on the image of a modern, innovative, user-friendly company. It should be recycling more, but doesn't.

          Through taxes, I pay for Hazardous Waste Disposal pickups that happen several times a year. They accept computers and will take care of the "recycling" part.

          Why should I have to pay TWICE for this service (once in taxes, and once in the price of a new PC)?

      • More like Greenpeace wanted some attention, and decided to get it by bashing a company that gets a lot more press than they do.

        1) Strawman. Please debate points in the report, not attack the authors.
        2) Greenpeace didn't criticise Apple any more than they criticised any other low scoring company.
        3) If Greenpeace's methodology was flawed, it was flawed across all companies. Apple scored very low on the same criteria other tech companies performed well on.

        I agree with the GP. Gore should put his money where hi
  • Al Gore... (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by 7Prime (871679)
    Ahhhh! So THAT'S why the PowerBook was featured in An Inconvenient Truth [rottentomatoes.com] so much! I wondered if there was some sorta Apple endorsement being made by Al Gore. It seems that it may not be quite as much the normal product placement, as Al really is a part of Apple. Interesting... Way to go Al!
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by 2nd Post! (213333)
      Does it matter that Al Gore uses Macs at home?

      I mean, if a person owns an iPod and then uses it at work, is that product placement, or endorsement, or is it, you know, using the tool to get the job done?

      Al Gore uses his PowerBook and Keynote to do his presentations.
  • by tyrione (134248) on Wednesday August 30, 2006 @07:18PM (#16011763) Homepage
    NeXT and SUN do not have fond ties. Steve in his own words, "SUN is no Apple." If you think Steve is going to let someone else fuck up the momentum he has created you need to check yourself into an asylum.

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