Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt is resigning from Apple Inc.’s board, aiming to quell antitrust concerns about intensifying competition between the two companies.
Schmidt’s effectiveness as a director is “significantly diminished” as he needs to recuse himself from meetings because of potential conflicts of interest, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a company statement today. The resignation was a mutual decision, Jobs said.
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People must have seen it coming. Google helped create Android, a software that runs on mobile phones and a possibly strong competitor of Apple’s iPhone later on. Then Apple last week rejected Google Voice, which allows users to make free phone calls (yes, just like Skype). But there IS a Skype app for iPhone, isn’t there? Interesting.