Google CEO Leaves Apple Board

Once-friendly companies on the brink of war
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2009 10:07 AM CDT
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Google is seen during the Cannes Lions 2009, 56th International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France, June 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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(Newser) – Google CEO Eric Schmidt has left Apple’s board of directors because the once-friendly companies are on a collision course, Apple announced today. “As Google enters more of Apple’s core business, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished,” read the statement. Translation? “A bloody conflict between the two companies is mounting,” writes Douglas McIntyre of 24/7 Wall St.

With Android and the Chrome OS, Google is encroaching on Apple’s hardware-powering turf. Until now, Schmidt’s presence on Apple’s board had maintained peace between the companies, but now Google vs. Apple could become just as intense a rivalry as either company has with Microsoft.